Old South Military Antiques

Davis & Bozeman Carbine
Item #: OS-7220

Henry Davis and David Bozeman were cotton gin manufacturers in Elmore County, just north of Montgomery, Alabama prior to the War. At the outset of the War, Davis and Bozeman made a contract with the state of Alabama to manufacture 1000 rifles on the 1841 Mississippi rifle pattern. The contract was later amended to allow the production of carbines. It seems this was done as a way of utilizing parts unfit for the production of rifles. When the last deliveries, 40 rifles and 20 carbines, were made in November of 1864 it was recorded that 882 rifles and 89 carbines had been delivered to the state of Alabama. The barrel bands, the trigger guard assembly and the butt plate are made of brass. The gun does not, and never did, have a nose cap. The number 67 and a "C” is stamped into the back of the lock. The number 44 is stamped into the bottom of the barrel, and is penciled into the stock’s barrel channel. Roman numerals CVIII, which translates into 108, are cut into the barrel and the breech tang.

The lock is marked D & B over Ala. forward of the hammer, and 1864, behind the hammer. The left of the breech is stamped Ala. 1864, but both were stamped on the curve of the barrel and it did not take well. The carbine has had no alterations, though at some point it has been properly cleaned (not sanded). It functions perfectly well and the bore is bright, with just the slightest carbon pitting. I am surprised to find that the ramrod has a noticeable twist pattern, which can be seen in the accompanying photographs. Ramrods are generally made of steel, but it appears that Davis & Bozeman, like Griswold & Gunnison, were reduced to twisting iron to get it to serve the purpose.
Price $50,000.00 USD