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New Model 1859 Sharps Rifle: walnut butt stock with steel butt plate, steel sling swivel below, and hinged steel patch box; sliding steel breech with 'S' shaped hammer; steel trigger guard/loading lever with double-set triggers; walnut fore stock with three steel barrel bands, middle band with sling swivel; Steel barrel with adjustable rear sight and front blade sight. Serial Number 56730, Makers mark: "C. SHARPS' PAT/SEPT 12TH 1848/C. SHARPS' PAT/OCT 5TH 1852/R.S. LAWRENCE PAT/APRIL 12TH 1859", and barrel stamped: "NEW MODEL 1859" and "SHARPS RIFLE/MANUFG CO/HARTFORD CONN.". The serial number on this rifle, 56730, falls into the range of 54374 to 57574, all manufactured in 1862, and were issued to two regiments of sharpshooters formed by Colonel Hiram Berdan during the Civil War. The higher number would also indicate that it was issued to a member of the 2nd Regiment United States Sharpshooters. Henry D. Ballard is the only man in Winnebago County who served in this regiment.

Henry D. Ballard was born January 8, 1839 in Sparta, Morrow County, Ohio. He moved with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Appleton Ballard, to Lansing, Michigan in 1848. On October 15, 1861 he enlisted in Company B, 2nd Regiment Berdan's U.S. Sharpshooters, at Lansing, MI. He gave his residence as Ingham County, MI. He was wounded in action on May 4, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville, VA. He was married in Winnebago County, Wisconsin to Elizabeth G. Knapp on December 29, 1864. After recuperating from his wound he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps (Invalid Corps) on February 15, 1864. His copy of U.S. Infantry Tactics is in the Archives' Rare Book Collection, Acc. # 1887, and possibly his rifle is in the collection. He received a pension for the wound received to the shoulder. The Ballard's had two daughters: Ruby E. Ballard Alexander and Lora E. Ballard Germanson (a foster daughter). He owned a small farm in Algoma and was a market gardener. He died August 27, 1917 and is buried in Oshkosh at Riverside Cemetery, block 50, lot 16.
Dimensions W-1.25 L-47 inches
Year Range from 1862
Event Civil War
Year range to 1862
Made Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Material Wood/Steel/Brass
Object ID 800-35-T1
Object Name Rifle
Place of Origin Hartford, CT
People Ballard, Henry D.
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