Hello to all.
This is my first post of many to come I am sure.
I recently acquired a cased Colt Model 1860. This gun has an inscription on each side of the grip. One side reads, "Lt. John B Babcock To W.F. Cody - Scout". The other side reads, "5th US Calvary, Troop M, 5-16-1869". There was NO provenance with the gun and that was stated up front. I wanted to buy a Model 1860 for my collection so decided to go with this one and have some fun doing some research.
What I have been able to prove is this:
1. The gun was shipped to the New York Arsenal on January 1, 1863 in a 1,000 gun shipment. I have the shipping records from Colt. All serial numbers match.
2. Babcock and Cody were together on 5-16-1869 in Spring Creek, Nebraska when they were attacked by a superior force of Indians. Cody was the Scout for Babcock's patrol that day. Babcock's actions went above and beyond that day and he was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor in 1897 for his actions. I have copies of Buffalo Bill Cody's affidavit as well as those of the 1st Sgt on the patrol that day and the Commanding Officer Major Carr.
3. Information also indicates that Cody played an important role that day as well in suppressing the hostile advance.
4. Babcock retired as a Brigadier General.
5. Cody was "notoriously unsentimental" about his personal possessions as evidenced by giving his Medal of Honor to his cousin and his prized Remington Model 1858 to a friend.
6. The gun has an after market rear sight at the back of the barrel in front of the cylinder.
7. There is a video on line about this gun where the story goes that Buffalo Bill had it 1862.......I know that is not true due to the shipping records. With a little research, that story could have been debunked pretty quick. The guy was asking $40,000 for it. So that begs the question if there was something sinister going on............I'm retired law enforcement so that thought is still prevalent in my mind. Hopefully further research will reveal any provenance. I am of the "opinion" that Babcock gifted this gun to Cody as a parting gift showing his appreciation for Cody's actions on 5-16-1869. We shall see.
Any comments are appreciated. For any engraving experts put there please take a look at the engravings............
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