Handguns Help with 1860 Colt Serial Number

1864relic

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New member here. Just wondering if anyone might know what unit an 1860 Colt serial 7229 might have been issued to. It’s all matching numbers and shows wear on barrel muzzle from holster wear. Thanks if you can help
 

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Welcome From THE Heart Of Dixie. We would love to see photos of your Colt. In the mean time I will check the SRS and see if its listed.
 
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Welcome from the "Northern-most state of the Confederacy"....Canada :unsure: (please, I hope nobody takes offence at that). UCVRELICS will be along with a reply soon enough...he does us all a service by checking the serial #'s. :hug:
 

1864relic

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New member here. Just wondering if anyone might know what unit an 1860 Colt serial 7229 might have been issued to. It’s all matching numbers and shows wear on barrel muzzle from holster wear. Thanks if you can help
this is a pic of my 1860 Colt
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Post pictures? I love to look at all old 1860's.

Love the OP's pistol and holster!

Figured I would add some photos I took years ago of the one I have. The photos are kind of small because that was all digital cameras were capable of back when I took these. I would appreciate a serial number look-up as well while the books are out. 44046

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this is a pic of my 1860 ColtView attachment 345109
Great Old War Horse. Its not listed in the SRS so the unit of issue is lost in time. Below is the range in the SRS.
7234 R 63CO L 2ND MICH VOL CAV
7240 R 63CO L 2ND MICH VOL CAV
724961N 64CO L 13TH ILL VOL CAV
725061N 64CO L 13TH ILL VOL CAV
725460A 64CO A LOUDOUN COUNTY RANGERS
7270 R 120762CO G 4TH MICH VOL CAV (ISSUED)
7280 R 120762CO G 4TH MICH VOL CAV (ISSUED)
7290 R CO B 4TH KY VOL CAV
7297 R 051064CO M 9TH ILL VOL CAV
 

ucvrelics

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Love the OP's pistol and holster!

Figured I would add some photos I took years ago of the one I have. The photos are kind of small because that was all digital cameras were capable of back when I took these. I would appreciate a serial number look-up as well while the books are out. 44046

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Its not listed in the SRS.
 

Package4

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New member here. Just wondering if anyone might know what unit an 1860 Colt serial 7229 might have been issued to. It’s all matching numbers and shows wear on barrel muzzle from holster wear. Thanks if you can help
Looks like it went to Captain RHK Whiteley, Governor's Island NY in either his order for 50 or 500 pieces. Further research may tell the unit issued.
 

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Does this mean it was his pistol or just one in the shipment to him?
It appears as if Governor's Island was a Supply Depot, Arsenal as well as a Fort and that many expeditions (Star Of West and Port Royal as examples) emanated from there.

From the National Park Service's National Resource Study p. 91:

"The Ordnance Department on Governors Island, under the able management of Major R.H.K. Whiteley, continues extremely active. There seems to be lack of space for the munitions of war constantly arriving there. Dalghrens [sic], Columbiads, mortars, and guns of nearly all denominations, boxes of shot and shell, gun-carriages, etc. etc, crowd the wharves, and boats of one kind or another are constantly there, either delivering or receiving cargoes of warlike stores."


I would think that the now Major Whiteley would supply troops as required. Troops were recruited and received drill on Governor's Island, in addition to uniforms, weapons and accouterments.

Good chance the weapons were issued to cavalry on their way to Port Royal, a little research might uncover whether this is correct.
 

James N.

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Welcome to the forums from the host of the Stonewall Jackson Forum and another who's fond of Colt M.1860 Army revolvers!

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Does this mean it was his pistol or just one in the shipment to him?


Robert Henry Kirkwood Whiteley

Residence was not listed; a 32 year-old US Army Officer.

Enlisted on 3/27/1842 as a Captain.

On 3/27/1842 he was commissioned into US Army Ordnance Dept
(date and method of discharge not given)
(Prior service since 07/01/1830; subsequent service
until 04/14/1875)

Promotions:
* Major 8/3/1861
* Lt Colonel 6/1/1863
* Colonel 3/13/1865 by Brevet
* Brig-General 3/13/1865 by Brevet
Other Information:
born 4/15/1809 in Cambridge, MD
died 6/9/1896 in Baltimore, MD

(Graduate USMA 07/01/1830)​
 
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