Hello from South Carolina- I just joined yesterday. Thank you for having me. My great aunt passed away in 1991 in Union County, SC. While settling her estate, my uncle obtained a musket out of her attic. The story goes it was my aunt’s great grandfather’s or great great grandfathers. In 2006, my uncle passed away. He left me the musket. I put it in the back of my safe and forgot about it. In the past 5 years or so, I have really gotten into metal detecting (Garrett AT Max); specifically, CW camps & troop movement areas. Last week I found a very “toasty” hammer that looked familiar. After studying it, I realized it looked like the hammer from the musket in the back of my safe, so I pulled it out. Interestingly enough, it’s an 1853 Enfield. The barrel is pretty toasty with very few marking legible. My next move is likely to be disassembly to determine additional markings to assist in learning more about this particular musket. Here’s my questions; I’m 99% sure this is an 1853 Enfield but would like confirmation. There is a #15 on the brass butt plate and a #15 on the brass trigger guard. What do these #15’s mean? Lastly, is the ram rod correct for this musket? Oh yeah…..in the pics I’ve included a couple of CW items I’ve acquired recently most interesting is a CW commemorative metal dated 1915 Richmond, VA and a Confederate States of American 500 dollar bill. Thank you so much for your help with this.