This .56 caliber, single shot boot pistol was typically carried by civilians. It has no markings. This item was found at bottom of the Lower Redoubt in the Federal fortifications at Johnsonville, Tennessee.
Letter from G. G. Rutledge to his father G. R. Rutledge concerning a sermon by Dr. Pitts; joining a company in Greene County as a Lieutenant; the quality of volunteers for the army; purchasing new clothing; and buying flour.
This pistol was found on the grounds of the battlefield under the split rail fence at Parker's Crossroads, Tenn. A common civilian pistol of the antebellum era that could have been pressed into military service. The wooden grip is missing.