I picked up a nice clean Civil War Remington made M 1863 US RIfle last week that I thought I would show. This particular rifle is unaltered and was made in 1863 according to the matching lockplate and barrel markings. The rifle also has a nice Federal Inspector cartouche on the left side of the wooden stock. No unit markings except for "19" on the right side of the butt stock and brass patch box which I presume is simply a rack number. This rifle is commonly called the Remington "Zouave" rifle but this is collector terminology. There is no contemporary information as to which units this Federal Contract rifle was issued to, much less any Zouave Militia units.
These rifles are interesting in that they were all made by Remington in the same shorter two brass banded format as the earlier model 1841 and 1855 Models. There were approximately 12,000 of these reportedly very accurate rifles manufactured by Remington under this Civil War contract and many will be found in this minty condition that seems to indicate they were unissued during the war. Some will also be found showing heavy use but used by whom is unknown.
This particular rifle came with quite a few accouterments and the former owner's written provenance back to when he purchased it in the 1950s. The rifle came with a period sling, spare nipple, spare sight, some mini-balls, percussion caps, and tools. This rifle was manufactured by Remington with a blued, and Federally inspected, 7 grove rifled steel barrel in .58 caliber. The barrel is made with an attachment for the so-called Zouave saber bayonet instead of the angular bayonet used on the longer three band CW rifles. All the hardware is brass and there is a hinged patch box on the right side of the stock at the butt plate. The bright finished ramrod is correct for this rifle as is the black leather sling.