More than 150 years ago, thousands of men left
their ordinary lives behind to march into history. Many had never even trained as soldiers, but every
one of them was willing to die to keep America united.
With those first Confederate shots fired at
Fort Sumter, this nation changed forever. The declaration of war
inspired men to take up arms and protect the ideals of the United
States. They came from all walks of life. Some from small farms, others
from big cities. Individually, they had little in common. But together,
they were the dark blue defenders of the Union.
The element of human drama that played out in
the cities and country sides of our nation during the Civil War continue
to intrigue and fascinate us. It was a five year trial-by-fire that
ultimately helped forge a more lasting, stable United States of America.
Today, as the country marks the 150th anniversary of this pivotal
period, the names of its leaders, heroes and battles continue to stir
our emotions and spark our imaginations.
America Remembers is proud to introduce the
Union Forever Tribute Revolver, a handsomely decorated revolver honoring
the courage and sacrifice of the Union soldiers who fought for freedom
and unity, and the leaders who inspired them.
For this special Tribute, we selected the
renowned Colt 1851 Navy Revolver. Because this was one of the most
popular sidearms of its day, there was little debate when it came to
selecting the perfect firearm to celebrate one of the most important
moments in American history.
To honor the fighting spirit of the Union Army, we have obtained Colt
1851 Navy Revolvers produced by the Colt Blackpowder Arms Company. These
revolvers are available in a very limited quantity and it has taken us a
considerable amount of time to finalize the arrangements for this
special issue. Despite our best efforts to secure more, only 150 of the
Union Forever Tributes will be available.
The Colt Blackpowder “Signature Series” brought
back many of Colt's most famous black powder weapons. The Colt
Blackpowder Arms Company built each revolver as closely as possible to
the specifications used to the same specifications used by Samuel Colt
in his original production designs. Improved metallurgy and
state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies make your Tribute the kind
of finely-crafted revolver Samuel Colt could only dream of producing
during his era.
The Model 1851 Navy was first crafted by Samuel Colt in 1850. The pistol
was so well designed that the 1851 Navy became one of the most
coveted weapons on the Civil War battlefields. Colt sold them to both Union and
Confederate officers and it became clear that his black powder
masterpiece was born for battle. The revolver's light weight, easy loading, and
six-shot capacity made it a weapon of choice when it came to
The Union Forever Tribute is a fully-functional .36-caliber black powder
revolver--a detailed recreation of the classic Colt Model 1851 Navy.
Every surface of this classic firearm has been polished an lavishly
embellished in 24-karat gold and nickel. Craftsmen were commissioned
specifically by America Remembers to capture not only the authenticity
of this revolver, but also the Union legends and symbols that have
inspired generations. The blued, 7½” octagonal barrel is
beautifully complemented by hand-polished walnut grips. In addition, the
craftsmen hand polish and decorate the trigger, hammer, backstrap and
trigger guard in lustrous 24-karat gold, adding a touch of elegance to
this museum-quality Tribute.
The barrel of each Tribute includes the names
of legendary battles during the Civil War. Bold 24-karat gold
inscriptions on the left side immortalize Gettysburg, Five Forks,
Antietam, and Vicksburg. The right side highlights Lookout Mountain,
Shiloh, Atlanta, and Franklin. While each of these fights are generally
considered victories for the North, none of them came easy.
At the heart of this
remarkable Union Forever Tribute is the elegantly-decorated cylinder.
Artists have appointed it with striking portraits of President Abraham
Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant, and Joshua Chamberlain. Each Union
legend is rendered in gleaming nickel against a polished, 24-karat gold
background of flags, rifles, artillery, uniforms, and musical instruments. As President of the U.S.,
Abraham Lincoln faced the ultimate challenge to repair a broken nation. Civil War was an obstacle that
may have defeated a lesser man, but as history proved, Lincoln rose to
the occasion. As the rallying force behind the Union, his example
inspired every man in dark blue from the officers to the soldiers in the
Ulysses S. Grant is recognized as one of the
most celebrated military commanders of any war. Grant's strategy and
tenacity under fire kept his men in blue one step ahead of the
Confederates. As Commanding General of the United States Army, Grant is considered the military leader who brought the Union to Victory. After
accepting Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Grant emerged to a jubilant
crowd of Union soldiers. He silenced them with a single sentence: “The
war is over — the rebels are our countrymen again.”
Completing the trio of Union heroes is Joshua
Chamberlain. This college professor from Maine believed so
passionately in the Union cause that he volunteered to serve.
Chamberlain went on to prove that passion in battle, distinguishing
himself at Gettysburg, and earning the Medal of Honor for his actions.
The Tribute is a fully functional, working .36-caliber black powder
revolver—a detailed recreation of the classic Colt Model 1851 Navy. The
blued, 7 1/2” octagonal barrel is beautifully complemented by
hand-polished walnut grips. Craftsmen commissioned specifically by
America Remembers decorate each revolver in lustrous 24-karat gold and
nickel, with stunning artwork on the cylinder.
The left side of the barrel identifies the revolver as “The Union
Forever Tribute” with a scrolling nickel banner. Both sides of this
remarkable firearm are ornately decorated with scrolling vines
rendered in 24-karat gold. On the left side of the frame, just above the
trigger guard, you'll find the iconic American bald eagle with wings and
talons spread. Beside it you'll find an illustration of a Union
cavalryman and his mount. Courageous cavalrymen like Phillip Sheridan
led his men on daring long-range raids and relentlessly pursued Lee's
forces through the Valley Campaigns of 1864.
The right side of the barrel
showcases the iconic American bald eagle with wings and talons spread.
On the same side of the frame you'll also find the “US” insignia that
identified a Union soldier. Beside it, a Union artillery man poses with
his 12-pounder Napoleon Model 1857 cannon. The Napoleon cannon was one
of the North's most feared weapons and was used to devastating effect
during major operations including the Battle of Gettysburg.
Tributes will be issued in this strictly limited-edition, available
exclusively through America Remembers. Because of the significance of the
150th Anniversary of the Civil War, we expect a huge demand for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Do not hesitate to secure your Tribute
The Civil War remains our country’s greatest
tragedy, but it also stands as our most remarkable triumph. The
Union Forever Tribute Revolver is a reminder that the most important
things in life are always worth fighting for. This Tribute honors all those who sacrificed to
protect the Founding Fathers vision for a United States of America.
Don’t miss this opportunity to remember and honor all those who went
before us, and let us continue to strive to be a united country.
Free Display Case
Included with your Tribute is a handsome case to protect and display
your Union Forever Tribute Revolver.