The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
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Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

relicman.com.


Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Model 1863 "Zouave" musket, Remington.

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 relicman.com 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.



Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58 cal.

Wartime manufacture, 1862 to 1865, this musket pattern is attributed to the "Zouaves", although the connection to any such unit is not proven.  It incorporated many of the features of the Model 1841, yet was produced during a much later period and designed for .58 caliber from the beginning.  Musket designed as single shot 58 cal. muzzleloader, brass contoured buttplate, brass patchbox, brass trigger guard, lockplate and hammer are similar to Model 1841, two leaf sight, two brass rounded bands are held with springs, two strap hooks affixed to trigger guard and forward band, small brass nose guard, lug on the nose for a saber bayonet, ramrod is tulip head with straight shank and threaded end, barrel is heavy and rifled for .58 cal. with 7 lands & grooves.  Lock is marked "1863" behind the hammer, with eagle over  "REMINGTON'S / ILION, N.Y. and "US" in front.  Barrel is marked "1863" and "V P" over eagle , "STEEL", on the side.  Brass buttplate is marked "US".  Two brass barrel bands are both marked "U".   Two cartouches on the wood opposite the lock indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark on the barrel.  Barrel length 33in., bayonet blade 20in. 
Ref:  Flayderman 5E-076.

W0576     Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58 cal. with bayonet
 

W0916     Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58 cal.

W1073     Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58 cal., with bayonet

W1095     Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58 cal., with bayonet and scabbard

W1162     Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58 cal.

W1234     Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58 cal.