SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Civil War era rifle was officially added to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield’s permanent collection.
The 44 caliber model 1860 Henry Rifle was purchased by the Battlefield Foundation for $35,000 and unveiled to the public this afternoon.
The weapon was made in 1864 but has no connection to the 1861 battle of Wilson’s Creek.
The original owner of the rifle was Major George Fulton from Edina, Missouri. He originally purchased the gun for $42.
Museum Curator of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Jeff Patrick said, “Our idea is to tell the history of firearms technology in the 19th century in this new exhibit. If you’re going to do that, you have to have a lever-action cartage repeater in order to tell that story.”
The rifle will be displayed in the battlefield’s renovated visitor center which is tentatively set to reopen in October of 2020.