US Model 1841 Rifle

US Model 1841 Rifle

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Description (Brief)
Put into production at Harpers Ferry in 1846, the Model 1841 is also known as the Mississippi Rifle due to its success in the Mexican War with the Mississippi regiment under the command of Colonel Jefferson Davis. Approximately 70,000 Model 1841s were produced by Harpers Ferry and contractors between 1846 and 1855. In 1861, these.54 caliber rifles were put back into service on both sides.
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Object Name
rifle, percussion
Other Terms
rifle; Firearms; Percussion Fire;.54 In; Rifled; Muzzle Load; Sa
date made
Whitney Arms Company
place made
United States
overall: 7 in x 49 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 17.78 cm x 125.095 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
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Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Can you tell me who the original inventor of the Mississippi rifle was? According to family lore, my 5th great grandfather, Henry Greer, invented the original Mississippi rifle. The patent was then bought by Eli Whitney and the rifle was modified. Thanks for any information.

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