Colt Model 1849 Percussion Revolver Attributed to Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Samuel Hymer, Company D, 115th Illinois Infantry

.31 caliber, 6" octagonal barrel, S/N 274269.  Visible numbers matching.  Blued finish with silver-plated front strap, back strap, and triggerguard.  Smooth wood grips.  Top of barrel marked with one line New York address. Backstrap engraved in script "Capt. Samuel Hymer/Co. "D" 155 Ill. Inf."  Includes holster and 13" x 15" reproduced portrait of Captain Hymer.

Samuel Hymer enlisted in the 115th Illinois in September of 1862, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Company D.  The 115th would see early service in the Ohio Valley, participating in the defense of Cincinnati against possible attack by Confederate General Henry Heth, as well as engaging raiders under General John Hunt Morgan.  The regiment would see further service in the Western Theater of the war, being engaged at the Battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Resaca, and Kennesaw Mountain.

Hymer would receive the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Buzzard's Roost Gap, Georgia, on October 13, 1864.  According to the official citation, then-Captain Hymer "With only 41 men under his command....defended and held a blockhouse against the attack of Hood's Division for nearly ten hours on. This action checked the advance of the enemy and insured the safety of the balance of the regiment, as well as that of the 8th Kentucky Infantry, then stationed at Ringgold, Georgia."  Hymer and most of his command would be captured during this operation, and held in Confederate captivity until March, 1865.  After the war Hymer began a successful ranching business in Kansas, and eventually retired to Rushville City, Illinois, where he died in 1906.


Very good overall.  Finish has a pleasing even plumb patina overall with some markings on barrel, possibly from a vice, which is corroborated by the hammer marks around hammer wedge.  Some wear to finish on sharp edges.  Moderate wear to silver plating, with most remaining on trigger guard and backstrap.  Bore is good; some darkening but with visible rifling.  Could be cleaned to better.  

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
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