A Spencer .52 caliber repeating carbine with a walnut stock, iron mountings, and a round barrel with an elevating notched rear sight and a German silver blade front sight. The carbine was used during the Civil War by Captain Mahlon Black of the 2nd Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters. Black’s unit, after serving in the Army of the Potomac, was assigned to duty with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the first day of the Battle of Fair Oaks. In 1865, after being formally mustered out, Black re-enlisted and was transferred to the 1st Minnesota Battalion.
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