Thank you for getting back to me.
What you say makes a lot of sense, but I am sure you are aware that it is in direct contradiction to what some authors believe is established fact: namely that the Dragoons left their Colt Revolvers and Sharps carbines in California when the embarked for the east coast and that these same arms were then reissued to California State troops. Earl J. Coats and John McAulay make this case in "Civil War Sharps Carbines & Rifles" p49, with serial number evidence from a 1st California Cavalry Roster Book and other records, and I have seen it in other contexts as well.Unfortunately they do not cite evidence of the arms being in 1st Dragoon possession before being issued to the 1st California Cavalry - this is assumed.
I have been unable to consult any Quarterly Summary Statements or other Ordnance records earlier than 1st Q. 1863, so I have no guidance on making any conclusions on this matter. If Ordnance records of any kind for the Dragoon and Cavalry regiments in the 1840's and 1850's exist I would dearly love to consult them as I believe a great number of queries could be solved thereby.
If you or any other reader has knowledge of information on Dragoon, Mounted Riflemen, or Cavalry ordnance or accoutrements in the period 1833-1861 I would be extremely grateful for any guidance as to where I might find it and obtain copies as it seems to be a particularly elusive topic. All contributions will be acknowledged in the proposed work.
Thank you in advance for any help,
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