Mark wrote:Has anyone traced a musket or rifle to an individual soldier who carried it on campaign? I have not heard of this happening before myself.
Pretty rare occurrence, I believe!
As I say, if
one were to be so lucky as to locate unit records containing specific arms issuance information covering the period that firearm was on issue with the unit (which would likely only indicate the regimental number of the man issued with a particular rifle) and
if the appropriate regimental rolls are also available, then it should be possible.
Matter of fact, I just may
have been of some assistance in the first possible such case that I know of ..... A chap recently posted on the British Militaria Forums about a Canadian-issue Snider-Enfield rifle he had just acquired, clearly marked as having been on issue with the Prince Edward Island Garrison Artillery (always a very small unit, as you can imagine) with a nice, distinct "stand of arms" number -
I "Googled" the name of the unit on a whim, and discovered that the PEI Archives hold some records for the unit .... comprising, among other things, itemized lists of battalion-held equipment and accoutrements, including "..... a list of individuals possessing rifles and accoutrements"!
You may rest assured that I have "strongly encouraged" the chap to follow up on this! He has promised to let me know if he finds out anything useful!