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Offline Jim W

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Largest Civil War battle where the Spencer Carbine was used?
« on: October 28, 2020, 12:42:31 PM »
Group,

I have a couple of questions that I have been trying to determine the answers to.

What is the most known battle that Spencer Carbines were used in? I find them mentioned at Yellow Tavern but not much else?

Is there any artwork depicting Union Cavalry with them? I have been looking but don't see any.

Many thanks for any input!

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Re: Largest Civil War battle where the Spencer Carbine was used?
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2020, 04:48:27 PM »
I'm thinking that General Sherman and his Georgia Campaign resulted in the largest collection of Spencer armed cavalry units to fight the Confederates.  But, I'm sure my  idea will be questioned. ::) ::)

A print of General Custer with Spencer armed soldiers.



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Re: Largest Civil War battle where the Spencer Carbine was used?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2020, 05:57:08 PM »
If you're not exclusively looking for carbines, there's Wilder's Mounted Rifles with their Spencer rifles at Chickamauga, Sept. 19th.-20th. 1863.

As for artwork:
The book "Don Troiani's Civil War", page 171, has a painting of a member of the 3rd. New Jersey Vol. Cav. levering a round into his Spencer carbine.

(The book "Don Troiani's Civil War Soldiers" contains no Spencer artwork, only the "fake news" on page 141 that Wilder's Mounted Rifles were armed with Henry rifles instead of Spencer rifles...) 
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Re: Largest Civil War battle where the Spencer Carbine was used?
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2020, 06:20:26 PM »
Also, eleven Spencer armed regiments were at the Battle of the Wilderness under General Grant . . .

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Re: Largest Civil War battle where the Spencer Carbine was used?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2020, 07:53:49 AM »

I am looking just for Carbine, not rifle use.

On another forum someone mentioned  Trevilian Station.

I used this to do some Google-fu and found a painting called "Distinguished Gallantry" that is close to what I am looking for. I'd like something a little more "sweeping" than this one if that makes sense?

"Distinguished Gallantry" https://www.gallon.com/shop/civil-war/distinguished-gallantry-limited-edition-print/

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Re: Largest Civil War battle where the Spencer Carbine was used?
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2020, 08:34:10 PM »
There were definitely Spencer’s at Trivilian station. Found a bunch of cartridges on the retreat route.

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Re: Largest Civil War battle where the Spencer Carbine was used?
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2020, 09:28:26 AM »
I'm on the road right now, so don't have access to my books, but...
Am I right in stating that most of the infantry units equipped with Spencers were equipped with the carbines, since there were so many more of them.  It strikes me that is in either Bilby's A Revolution in Arms, or Marcot's book

 

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