.52 caliber, 30" barrel, S/N C, 35178 also matches under the forearm on the barrel, marked on the barrel New Model 1863, Sharp's rifle company markings behind the rear band on top of the barrel. Three barrel bands with walnut stock and forearm. Two cartouches on the left side of the stock near the action. Lawerence rear sight. This rifle has the name E. Gerhardt stamped into the wood under the patchbox. On further research, it has been found that a Private Emil Gerhardt, age 22, Co A 9th OVI June 18, 1861, to June 22, 1864. Then with USVV Co D 4th Regt, March 22, 1865, to March 7, 1866. This is when he would have received the Sharps rifle for re-enlisting into the Veteran Volunteers.
Action is very sharp and crisp with traces of case coloring blending to a brown. Barrel retaining most of the original blue finish just lightly faded. Bore is outstanding. Buttstock and forearm are lightly darkened still retaining a feather look to the wood. Still visible are two cartouches.
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