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    musket identification help

    Is anyone familiar with the war photo of the young dead rebel in the trenches of Petersburg. I believe its entitled "dead rebel in the trenches of fort Mahone". Hes on his back and was shot through the head. Theres a musket laying next to him and the tip of the barrel is bent. It looks like an enfield variant. Can anyone tell me what kind of rifle this is.

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    If it's the image I think you are referring to I believe it is a Brazilian Light Minie Rifle. The gun closest to the body appears to be a P53 Enfield.

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    Posting said pix would help tremendously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mastin View Post
    If it's the image I think you are referring to I believe it is a Brazilian Light Minie Rifle. The gun closest to the body appears to be a P53 Enfield.
    thats it....thanks

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    I did a little more research on the gun closest to the body and found a site where that offered a better pic and some very good information. Instead of it being a P53 Enfield it is more likely an 1861 Special Model. The rear sight has a short base, the butt plate appears to be curved, and the ramrod is not Enfield. Looking more closely the middle band is flat like a '55 or '61, perhaps indicating a confederate repaired gun.

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    Hallo!





    A close up of a Brazilian "Enfield:"



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    Hallo!





    A close up of a Brazilian "Enfield:"



    Curt
    The one I was referring was the rifle to his right, the Brazil mini rifle. Thanks for the help guys.

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