Originally Posted by Palmetto
According to Charles L. Foster an expert on Confederate troops and arms. Confederate soldiers could have carried any of these guns below.
Any U.S. Model 1816 Musket altered to percussion
Any U.S. Model 1842 Musket
Any Model of a Continental Import
Any U.S. Rifle-Musket of .58 caliber
Any Pattern of 1853 “Enfield” Rifle Musket
An Austrian Lorenz Rifle-Musket
A Sharps Carbine
A Spencer Carbine
Could my Model 1816 type III conversion be one of those? It's got "-ILLBURY/1835", "US/A WATERS", and "US" on the butt plate tang. The area around the nipple is the most damaged part of the whole rifle; with pitting on the metal parts, cavities in the stock, and a few scratches. I believe someone put shellac on this as it was hung in a bar for a few years. It's been in the family but we have no story for it. I thought it resembled a few "Confederate Conversion" examples online, but wondered what you guys thought.