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Your M1884 Springfield was manufactured in late 1891. The M1884 serial numbers for 1891 begin with 490,000 and the ones for 1892 begin with 519,000. Many of these 1884's were issued to US and Volunteer Guard for the Spanish American War.
The number "20" is a likely a "rack" number which allowed Company E to keep track of this particular weapon its their armory.
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Many thanks for the information! Is there any way to track or contact someone who can possibly provide to which “1st Infantry” this rifle went to? I am aware of the state 1st infantry volunteers and regular Us army 1st infantry regiment but past that I have no knowledge. I know that a lot of records were destroyed after admin use but never know if one managed to stick around after the fact. All in all cool rifle though with a cool rod bayonet! Thanks again!
It refers to the 1st U.S. Infantry Regiment. If they meant the Volunteer Infantry it would have it would have been something like " 1st US Texas Volunteer Infantry", it would have included the state.
The 1st US serves in both the Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection.
Dear Mr. Weber,
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We concur with the responses provided by Ms. Sharik.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 9 record series in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that were created by the 1st Infantry Regiment unit during the 1890s when the rifle would have been in use. For more information, Please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at Archives1reference@nara.gov. We were unable to locate specific records of Company E. Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the regiment.
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