The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.

W0987     Rifled percussion musket, English Enfield, Tower 1861, .58cal.
 The English Enfield muskets were developed for the British military and were generally thought to be superior to American made muskets of the period.  Many were exported, a number of American military units, both north and south purchased them, many were smuggled through the blockade to southern ports during the war.  Musket was designed as a single shot .577 or .58 cal rifled muzzleloader featuring brass buttplate, contoured shaped hammer, fixed bolster, long range sight with single leaf and sliding scale, brass trigger guard, three rounded barrel bands held in place with screws and not springs, two strap hooks on muzzle band and trigger guard, ramrod with straight shank and wiper slot and threads, brass nose cap.  Lock is marked with a crown behind the hammer, and  "1861 / TOWER" in front.  Barrel is marked "(graphic) 24  (graphic) 24 (graphic)", which means .58cal.  Cartouche is found on the wood forward of the butt tang.  Round barrel length 39in.  Metal appearance pleasing with smooth brown patina, sight is missing, ramrod is replacement but is correct type with threads, 3 bands intact, one strap hook missing, bore is dirty and worn, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, mechanics fully functional.
English Enfield, Tower 1861.