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Rappahannock Forge Musket
Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Rappahannock Forge Musket

Catalog #: 1989.0748.01    Accession #: 1989.0748
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Maker

James Hunter

James Hunter, a Scotsman, was a gunmaker at Rappahannock Forge near Fredericksburg, VA. His guns bear his imprint “I. Hunter.” Guns from the forge bear the mark “Rap Forge” with a small capital “A” over parallel lines.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 8.5" H x 59.5" W x 2.75" D

Physical Description

Rappahannock Forge musket, serial no. 411, barrel marked “I. Hunter,” flintlock engraved “Rap Forge” with a small capital “A” over parallel lines.

General History

Congress was finding it difficult to arm its soldiers after Lexington and Concord. By 1778, there were six Continental arsenals located in the colonies. Virginia founded a State Gun factory in 1775 but most states resorted to employing private gunmakers who gathered mixed and scavenged parts to fashion muskets. Virginia’s Rappahannock Forge was one of the private gunmakers supplying the colonies, It is estimated that during the War for Independence about 80,000 muskets were American mixed-pattern muskets.


Keywords

Country: United States
State: Virginia
Era: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
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