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Caliber 36 percussion, Barrel length 7-1/2”. Manufactured in 1861. Has all matching numbers except wedge (2264). The back strap of this revolver is engraved “Presented to Col. Henry H. Sibley from the Citizens of Mankato Minn 1862”. Mankato was the scene of the largest mass execution ever performed by the US Government. In Dec of 1862, a total of 33 Santee Sioux Indians were hanged at one time on a giant scaffold as approved by President Abraham Lincoln. A total of 303 were sentenced to hang but the balance were commuted by Lincoln himself. Col. Sibley, former governor of Minnesota, helped draft the Minnesota constitution and was commissioned to take charge of US troops in 1862. During the Dakota War of 1862, as reparations against the Indian uprising that lasted 37 days and cost the lives of over 500 civilians and the near total destruction of the city of New Ulm from Aug 19-21st by the Dakota’s. On Sept 26, 1862, Col Sibley lead US forces into the Dakota camp and took over 1200 prisoners. Trials began on Sept 28th with 393 charged for crimes ranging from murder, rape, mutilation, thief and destruction of US property. One should note that this Indian uprising was a direct result of the usual US government’s ignoring previous treaties. Col. Sibley while not outwardly aggressive to the Sioux Nation, but obligated to his duty as a US Army officer, performed the required duties of his rank and succeeded in ending what has become known in history as one of the bloodiest but short Indian rebellions. The gun itself is all original but has been cleaned and refinished at one time. Legends are readable but the cylinder scene is no longer visible. Overall metal is a smooth grey patina. The original one piece walnut grips are in very good condition but have been refinished and are shy to metal. Brass trigger guard retains traces of original plating Lock up is perfect, strong rifle bore with usual black powder abrasions. Very historical, presentation Colt revolver given by the terrified citizens of Mankato in appreciation for Col. Sibley’s service in returning government control and safety back to Minnesota’s inhabitants. An important reminder of a very dark chapter of American history.

CORRECTION: Sibley was first gov. of Minnesota 1858-1860. Finished war was a brevette general.
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Minimum Bid: $1,250.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $5,400.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
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