Civil War Institute
Musselman Library Special Collections is home to a wide variety of artifacts, including a rather impressive number of Civil War era items. One Civil War artifact, the Patton Pistol, stands out from the rest by virtue of the story attached to it. The 1861 Navy Colt revolver originally belonged to Waller Tazewell Patton, who was the great uncle of General George S. Patton Jr. of WWII fame.
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Wilson, Laurel J., "A Gun With a Story: Waller Patton’s Civil War Pistol" (2017). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 232.