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Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States
“We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died
in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth
of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people,
for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
— President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
America Remembers introduces the Civil War Sesquicentennial Tribute Rifle remembering the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. This Civil War firearm honors major battles, soldiers, and iconic symbols of the war.
History was made early in the morning on April 12, 1861 when the fateful first shot of the Civil War rang out at Fort Sumter. Over the next four years, the war would split America along a jagged and bloody battle line that pitted North against South, neighbor against neighbor, and brother against brother. More than three million men fought for freedom and by war’s end in 1865, the struggle had claimed the lives of more Americans than any other war in history.
Although the Civil War remains America’s greatest tragedy, it also stands as one of its most remarkable triumphs. The sacrifice and courage on both sides helped fulfill a destiny and forge what was to become the true United States of America.
As America marks the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States, America Remembers is extremely proud to introduce the Civil War Sesquicentennial Tribute Rifle. This Tribute recalls the beginning of the war, through the four years of fighting and culminating with the historic end of the war at the Appomattox Courthouse. For the Tribute, a working reproduction of the legendary Civil War 1860 Henry Rifle in caliber .44-40 was selected as the Civil War firearm to commemorate one of the most significant events in American history, along with all of those who paid the ultimate price in the struggle for freedom.
The Legendary Henry Repeating Rifle- A Classic Civil War Firearm
The classic, lever-action Henry rifle is regarded by many as the most technologically advanced rifle available during the Civil War, so naturally it was the first choice for this historic Tribute. This legendary Civil War rifle was coveted by soldiers on both sides of the conflict, and it remains a favorite of collectors today. Though not as widely distributed as the Springfield or Enfield, the Henry rifle was often purchased by Union soldiers at their own expense. This rarity made the revolutionary rifles that much more of a treasure when captured by Confederate forces.
Each Civil War Tribute available in the edition is a meticulously-detailed recreation of the legendary 1860 Henry rifle, created by the incomparable craftsmen of A. Uberti. For decades, their craftsmen have combined modern high-grade materials with the time-honored methods of finishing to create exquisite, working reproductions of history’s greatest firearms. Craftsmen commissioned specifically by America Remembers decorate each rifle in lustrous 24-karat gold and nickel with a blackened patinaed background to highlight the details of the artwork, honoring major battles, pivotal moments, ordinary soldiers, and iconic symbols of the war in portraits and scenes on both sides of the receiver.
ONLY 500 AVAILABLE
The Civil War remains a truly significant era in American history. It is an unsurpassed national tragedy, but one that lead to a stronger, more unified America – a unity forged on democracy and liberty for all. Only 500 Civil War Sesquicentennial Tribute Rifles will be issued in this strictly limited edition available exclusively through America Remembers. Now is your opportunity to add this once-in-a-lifetime historic masterpiece to your collection of Civil War guns.
The war that divided a nation 150 years ago will forever be a part of what defines America. It was a dark time that transformed the homeland into a battlefield, but it was also a shining time when farmers, citizens, and soldiers took up arms to fight for freedom. Today, the stories of the Civil War’s heroes and battles continue to be told in order to make sure that its lessons are never forgotten. This Civil War Rifle will surely stand as a reminder for future generations of what it means to be a proud citizen of the United States of America.
The right side of this Civil War rifle prominently features Union and Confederate soldiers engaged in fierce combat during the Battle of Antietam. The showdown between the Northern forces of General George McClellan and the Southern soldiers under General Robert E. Lee was the bloodiest single-day battle of the war. To the right is an iconic portrait of a Confederate soldier above the designation ‘CS,’ for Confederate States. Also featured is a scene depicting the April 9, 1865 meeting of General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse, when the war was ended and peace was restored in America.
The left side of this Civil War rifle features the legendary “Attack On Fort Sumter,” which sparked the Civil War. The dramatic scene depicts Confederate troops firing cannons and mortars onto the fort, which can be seen in the distance engulfed in flames and towers of smoke. Prominently featured is Edmund Ruffin, a passionate Southern activist who is often credited with firing the first shot of the Civil War. To the right is an iconic portrait of a Union soldier above the designation ‘US,’ for United States. The center features a highly detailed scene reminiscent of battles which took place across America. Confederate and Union forces engage in close quarter fighting as men and horses rush forward in mass waves.
Both sides of the receiver feature a pair of crossed flags decorated in brushed nickel. On the left is Old Glory, the famous “Stars and Stripes” flag hoisted into battle by the Union. On the right is the Confederate flag, sometimes known as “Beauregard’s flag.”
Also featured on both sides is a flowing banner identifying the Tribute as the “Civil War Sesquicentennial.”