Museum Open Monday

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Monday, December 22. For details, please visit our calendar.

Ballard Carbine

Ballard Carbine
Ballard Carbine
Wood, steel, iron
barrel length: 22 1/8 in. ( 56.2 cm ) Overall: 37 3/4 in. ( 95.9 cm )
Wood, steel, and iron percussion carbine; part round, part octagon barrel with bladed front and long-range rear sight; iron furniture; stamped marks on barrel, breech, and breechblock.
Credit Line 
Gift of Louise Madden
Object Number 
stamped: barrel: "BALL & WILLIAMS/WORCESTER MASS."; "BALLARD'S PATENT/NOV. 5, 1861"; "MERWIN & BRAY. AGTS./NEW YORK." stamped: breechblock, breech: "4287"
Gallery Label 
Nearly all of the Ballard carbines made by Ball & Williams were manufactured under Civil War military contrcts. The state of Kentucky bough nearly 4,000 carbines to arm its cavalry, and New York bought 500 carbines in September, 1863. According to accession records, this carbine was used during the war by John Madden of the 1st Cavalry, New York State Militia.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group