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Springfield Model 1842 Percussion Musket: Manufactured at Springfield Armory, Smoothbore .69 caliber barrel with percussion cone at breech; walnut stock; steal butt plate with two steel screws; steel lock plate and hammer; lock plate stamped "SPRING/FIELD/1845" with Eagle; tang dated 1845; steel plate on reverse for lock plate screws; steel trigger and assembly; three steel barrel bands; three steel barrel band springs; and trumpet shaped steel ramrod. Musket attributed to Frank Winkler. According to Frederick Todd's "Military Equipage", the 9th Wisconsin was armed with Belgian Rifle Muskets and Dresden Rifles in 1861. These secondary arms were replaced in 1863 with English Enfield Rifle Muskets. Winkler probably purchased this musket after the war and used it in veterans parades. Franz "Frank" Joseph Winkler was born on December 28, 1841 in Lindwiese, Germany. He enlisted in Company E, 9th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry on October 25, 1861 at Stockbridge, Wisconsin. He mustered out on November 25, 1864 at the expiration of his term of service. He died December 24, 1926 in Chilton, WI.
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