CONFEDERATE KERR REVOLVER OF COL. JEHU A. ORR 31ST MISSISSIPPI INFANTRY
Original Civil War London Armory Kerr Single Action .44 cal 5 Shot Percussion Revolver that belonged to Colonel Jehu "John" A. Orr of the 31st Mississippi Infantry. Wounded at the Battle of Franklin. The gun has an overall pleasing patina and displays wonderful. Has the Kerr's Patent stamp and early serial number of 1117 on the right side of the frame. The cylinder is also marked with 1117 and several proofs. The left side of the frame has a London Armoury Stamp. The checkered walnut grips are in great shape and have the JS Anchor Confederate Import Cartouche. Also has the initials JOA and 31 Miss Reg carved into the left side. The barrel has nice rifling and has its original long range sight intact. Has the LAC mark and British Proofs. The mechanics are in good working order with nice action The loading lever works properly and fits tight in its closure tab. This gun was in the collection of Sam Nesmith and on display at the Texas Museum of Military History for many years. There are several pages of documents with this gun including the letter from Brian Akins of Rebel Relics as well as the Texas Museum.
When I got the gun it had a few issues that I felt deserved to be professionally restored. I had it done by Jeff Leathers and he did a great job. There was a piece broken on the back of the handle that was fixed. There was also a make shift pin holding the loading lever in place as shown in the last two photos. I also had him make a main spring to repair the action.
This Revolver was manufactured by the London Armoury Company in 1862 or 1863 under the contract with the Confederacy, as negotiated by Southern Agents Major Caleb House & Capt James Bulloch. One of only 11,500 produced in London beginning in 1859. Most were exported to Southern Ports during the war.
Raised by Orr in the Winter of 1861, the 31st Miss was on garrison duty during the Siege of Vicksburg, and would go on to see action in Baton Rouge, Jackson, Atlanta, and Nashville before surrendering under Orr's command in April of 1865.
Jehu "John" A. Orr was a graduate of Princeton who in addition to serving as Colonel in the 31st Mississippi, was also elected to the Confederate Congress. Orr would live to be the last surviving member of the legislative body, passing away in 1921. His remarkable military career included field command of the regiment in numerous battles, with nearly uninterrupted service from the war's opening in 1861 until surrender in April of 1865
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