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History:

Inventory of Arms & Equiptments of the 4th Virginia:

The following was found among other papers by Randolph Scott Carter in his Aunt's attic. He graciously allowed Jim Rowe to photo copy and reproduce it.
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Inventory of Arms, etc in the 4th Regt. VA Cavalry : Made Nov. 18, 1863:

Short Enfield rifles

40

Sharps Carbines

350

Richmond

64

Burnside

14

Navy pistol

40

Army pistol

152

Adams & Deane

48

Sabres & belts

364

Cartridge boxes

144

Cap pouches

50

Nipers (hoof nippers?)

6

Screwdrivers

5

Haversacks

73

Saddles

42

Bridles

186

Halters

251

Surcingles

10

Spurs, pr.

173

Curry combs

40

Horse brushes

36


I certify that the above is a correct statement of arms etc. in the 4th.Va.Cav. as reported to me by company officers -

 

Robt.Randolph
CaptComdg 4th.Va.Cav.

 

Notes:

In the closest morning report to this inventory found, less than 600 troopers were present and mounted for duty after Brandy Station, Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, Gettysburg, the retreat to the Rapidan, Auburn, The Buckland Races, and Bristoe Station in October. If you look at the report you will see that only 42 saddles were reported for over 500 horse!

Did inventorys list ALL equipment or only State or CS issue? Some can quote general orders specifying that all captured equipment be turned over to the quartermaster. However, period writings, identify captured saddlery and equipment that was 'claimed' by the trooper capturing it. The Virginia cavalryman brought his own horse to the conflict and was probably wealthier than his infantry counterparts so - there was probably a saddle on the horse. Members of the Black Horse (Co.H/4thVA) often joined Mosby in his raids around and in Fauquier County to obtain horses, tack, Yankee dollars, and weapons.  

Newcomers may research their impressions to the best of their ability. In light of the above information, it is suggested that you carry a Sharps carbine, Army pistol, saber, and ride a McClellan saddle or early war possibly a Navy Colt pistol and a civilian saddle.  


Black Horse Cavalry (Co.H, 4th VA Cavalry)

 

 

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