Old South Military Antiques

Fayetteville Arsenal Conversion
Item #: OS-7407

This Confederate percussion musket started life as neither. It began as a flintlock in a U.S. Arsenal. However, that arsenal was in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Recognizing the need for a more organized system of defense after the War of 1812, the U.S. Government selected five locations for new arsenals. One of the new arsenals was constructed in Fayetteville, N.C. and work was begun in 1838 and continued almost up until the War Between the States. The arsenal was to be a storehouse for arms and accoutrements as well as a shop to repair and refurbish arms.

In the decade before the War, the Arsenal altered thousands of muskets from flint to percussion and was well equipped to alter more when North Carolina militia took over the arsenal on April 27, 1861. After this, the arsenal began repairing and altering muskets again. Those relatively few muskets altered in 1861 and 1862 can be distinguished from the thousands of muskets altered in the prior decade by their "S” shaped hammer, unique to the Fayetteville Arsenal. Thus, those alterations made after N.C. took over the arsenal can be readily identified by the "S” hammer, like that on the converted musket shown here.

The gun is entirely original and complete (even the ramrod) as it left the arsenal; it has a wonderful deep patina and is in excellent condition, retaining much of its original finish.

It is astounding to me that you can buy a gun that was issued to the U.S., captured by North Carolina, altered at the Fayetteville arsenal, and issued to a North Carolinian / Confederate and used during the War Between the States in an attempt to save constitutional liberty for only $3,800.00. Compare that to the price of a CS imported Enfield!

Price $3,800.00 USD