Handguns Inscribed Civil War Cased JD Cooper

hootgibson

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Just found this forum. Thought i'd share some of my Civil war collection with y'all.
First a very early cased Cooper. Interesting that these guys were Yankees, but purchased the Cooper in Richard, VA? Thanks.

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Story

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SE PA
Just found this forum. Thought i'd share some of my Civil war collection with y'all.
First a very early cased Cooper. Interesting that these guys were Yankees, but purchased the Cooper in Richard, VA? Thanks.


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Welcome to CWT. For clarity's sake, would you transcribed exactly what you think is engraved on the backstrap?
 

Jeff in Ohio

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Good looking inscription on the backstrap, authentic looking and I am sure are correct.
The stampings on the wood are modern in a modern font, and stamped by individual letter by someone who bought a of stamps from Ace Hardware or some similar modern place in modern times. In other words, the inscription in the metal increased the collector value of this nice Cooper, but the stampings in the wood detract from value.
 

Story

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Welp, Blinkhorn is an English (country not the language) name.

Hospital Steward G Blinkhorn is buried here https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/119608299/george-blinkhorn
Note that he had a son born in Philadelphia in 1872. Probably easy to track via the decennial census' on Ancestry.com.

Probably a student at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1857, based on his thesis annotation.

(See p. 468 https://books.google.com/books?id=5...age&q="George Blinkhorn" "Civil War"&f=false )

"Soon after its organization, it was ordered to Fort Delaware, which was, during the war, little more than a prison post. It was here thoroughly drilled in infantry and artillery service. The enlisted men were mostly young, and of more than ordinary talent and education, and the commandant of the fort soon had a majority of officers and men detailed, or sent away on special duty. A score or more of its members became officers in other organizations, some of whom fell in battle. Repeated applications were made to the Secretary of War by Captain Young, to have the battery ordered to the front; but the representations of the commandant, that it could not be spared from duty at the fort, defeated every application. Its duty as a battery, was consequently little varied, and it was mustered out of service on the 18th of June, 1865."
https://www.pa-roots.com/pacw/artillery/indbattg.html

George BlinkhornSergeantAugust 22, 1862Promoted to Hospital Steward, U. S. A., September 7, 1863

https://www.pa-roots.com/pacw/artillery/indbattgmusterroll.html

 

Story

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SE PA
As for really common name William McKee, there was also a soldier from Philadelphia by that name in Co B 91st PA who did detached service at Windmill Point Hospital but returned to the Regiment on February 23rd, 1863 - well before Blinkhorn was promoted to Hospital Steward.
http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~pa91/military/pm1kew1.html

One would think Blinkhorn and McKee of the 3rd PA HVY ART would have intersected at Fort Delaware -
Two companies, which subsequently became companies A and B, had been organized by Hermann Segebarth as marine artillery, in 1861, and were stationed at Fort Delaware.
http://www.pa-roots.com/pacw/artillery/3dartillery/3dartorg.html

However, that William McKee was among the Regiment's Unassigned Men and served from 64 to 65.
http://www.pa-roots.com/pacw/artillery/3dartillery/3dhartunassigned.html
M'Kee, WilliamPrivateSeptember 26, 1864Discharged by General Order, November 9, 1865
 

Ole Miss

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Welcome from the Shiloh/Pittsburg Landing Forum and North Mississippi! Be sure and visit the Forum soon.
Regards
David
 

JPChurch

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And I thought everyone knew Richard is in Monongalia County, now West Va.
Charlie are you still planning to come up my way this summer?
Maybe, I'm dealing with prostate cancer issues right now. I did speak with my relative that lives in Jefferson county off Mission Rd. He's got health problems as well. Late 60's age wise stuff. I don't recommend getting old.
 
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