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Sgt. Nelson's Sharps Carbine

Barn burner under Custer

Sketch by James E. Taylor of union cavalry burning Virginia barns. James Edward Taylor (1839-1901) was a battlefront artist working for Frank Leslie’s Magazine. Sketch colorized and animated by slashsplat.

Sgt. Charles Nelson's issued Sharps carbine.

Charles Nelson enlisted in the 13th New York Infantry, a two year regiment, participating in all major and minor engagements from Bull Run to Burnside's Mud March. Mustered out with his regiment while the army marched to Chancellorsville, he enlisted as sergeant in the 22nd New York Cavalry six months later. His new regiment arrived in time to participate in the Wilderness Battle with disastrous results. Wounded during the Wilson-Kautz Raid, Charles followed his regiment to the Shenandoah Valley where he served in Custer's Third Division.

If you have ever held a Civil War carbine in your hands and thought, "If only this could talk", then I have a story for you. Sit back, relax and let me tell you about Sgt. Charles Nelson and show you the Sharps carbine he carried while serving in General George Custer's Third Cavalry Division.

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  • Post War, Conrad's Store photo and information. 09/24/06
  • 22nd NY Cav. 5, 22nd NY Cav. flag. 10/29/06
  • Links & Books, 8th & 22nd NY Cav Uniform Plate #741. 11/02/06
  • 22nd NY Cav. 3, Original 1862 Shenandoah Valley map (365kb) from a New York newspaper in author's collection, found here. 12/31/06
  • 22nd NY Cav., Miles B. Hodge of Company A, letter to sister dated October 7th, 1864 seen here. 12/31/06
  • 22nd NY Cav. 2, Rewrite of the Wilson-Kautz Raid. 02/13/07 Added two graphics depicting raid. 02/21/07
  • 22nd NY Cav. 5, Photos of then First Sgt. W.P. Brown and Private Spencer C. Weaver. 03/21/07
  • 13th NY Inf. Photo of Company officers and non-com staff. 05/13/2007
  • 13th NY Inf 2. Photo of 13th NY Vol Inf state flag. 05/13/2007
  • Links & Books, Added new civil war links. 06/29/2008
  • Post War. A synopsis regarding procurement of new headstone for Charles at page bottom. 07/06/2008
  • Post War. Inserted photos of the new headstone for Charles at page bottom. 08/19/2008
  • Winning Sites & Awards 4. Presented a site award to Col. George L. Willard Camp #154 Albany,NY SUVCW and received an award from The Game Puppet. 06/29/2009
  • A narrative of the experiences of Robert Pierce while a soldier in the civil war. Private Pierce was in the 13th NY Infantry. 11/21/2011


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My friends in the 7th New York Cavalry are looking for good used 1859 McClellan Saddles and reproduction Sharps Carbines. You can contact the 7th New York by emailing jcjobe at cox dot net.

Please be advised, I will no longer answer emails requesting the research of your Sharps. The lack of civility to acknowledge my time and effort with a simple thank you has soured me on the experience. There is enough information within these pages to perform your own research. "Civil War Sharps Carbines & Rifles" by Coates & McAulay listed left is where I found Nelson's carbine listed. Thank you for your understanding and good luck!

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