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I was looking at some Civil War photographs this afternoon online and ran across this photo of Michigan troops.Under the photo is written that this is C 1861.I think it's a lot later.One soldier is wearing a U S buckle but the uniforms don't look correct.Also the rifles are not anything I've seen from that time period.Can anyone ID these rifles?

 

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Possible,but the trigger guard looks too big and looks like a lever to me.

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Someone on Gunboards has ID'd it.It's a Sharps Borchardt M1878 in 45/70.In this video on youtube it's mentioned that the Michigan militia bought some of these.About 22,000 made.

 

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I'd say 1870s or 1880s. The term M.S.T. (Michigan State Troops?) was used during that period and there was a Michigan governor named Crosswell during that period. The camp was probably named in his honor.

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Michigan State troops were issued Peabody rifles at one time and I think that is what you are looking at.

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