SPRINGFIELD RESEARCH SERVICE
Documentation for 1890 Trapdoor
S/N 487964 for
K Rush info.trapdoors.com
July 19, 2002
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Pursuant to your request for information on Springfield model 1884 rifle serial no. 487964, please be advised that the records of the Army Adjutant General's office show that this arm was used in Co. M, 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War. The records of that company show that rifle no. 487964 was issued to Pvt. James H. Fitzsimmons.
Pvt. Fitzsimmons was born in Chatsworth, Ill., and when enrolled was 36 years of age, 5' 10" tall, fair complected, with blue eyes and black hair. By occupation he was a grain expert. He joined the 7th Ill. Vol. Inf. on May 7, 1898, at Springfield, Ill.
Co. M, 7th Ill. Vol. Inf. was organized at Springfield, Ill., in April, 1898. They were held in reserve during the War and stationed at Camp Alger, Va., and Camp Meade, Pa. They were mustered out of Federal service at Chicago, Ill., on Oct. 20, 1898.
The above information was found in the Company and Regimental books of the 7th Ill. Vol. Inf., which are presently stored in the National Archives under Record Group 94, Entry 116. The particular citation of no. 487964 described above appears in the Descriptive and Clothing book for Co. M. These are bound books, which under the rules of the National Archives cannot be copied on photocopying machines. Enclosed is a copy of pertinent extracts from the record of events for his company, from record Group 94 Entry 522. There is no information on subsequent use or disposal of rifle no. 487964.
We trust the above information has been of interest.
Franklin B. Mallory
Company Muster-out Roll
(Certificate of Mustering Officer)