.56-46 caliber, 25.75" round barrel, S/N 1235, rear tang sight, rear barrel sight, hooded front sight. Extra fancy walnut stock and forearm with Silver plated brass tip, finished in a high gloss varnished finish. Sling swivels with case colored bases and the slings with silver plated finish, with high blued screws. Finished with a blue barrel and sights, case colored frame, lock, and hammer, lever. Cased in a Rosewood case form fitted to the rifle, lined in a green wool cloth. Extra screws if you don't want the sling swivels in. Original combination tool and Pull throng. Wood cleaning rod. Extra compartments for packets of cartridges. Top of the case has a brass plaque inlay with his name Col J.C. AudenriedUSA.
Born into a well-to-do Philadelphia family, Joseph CrainAudenried (1839-1880) enjoyed a place at the highest levels of the United States Army. Handsome, intelligent, and efficient, he made the most of his talents and good fortune, serving as Major General William T. Sherman's most trusted Aide-de-Camp for seventeen years from 1863-1880.
Graduating seventeenth in West Point's Class of 1861, Audenried was briefly assigned to the 3rd United States Cavalry and later the 6th U.S. Cavalry, where he served as adjutant. At the battle of 1st Bull Run he acted as aide to General Daniel Tyler, demonstrating skills which other officers would recognize throughout his career. The following summer, following the Peninsula Campaign and assignment as Acting Assistant Adjutant General to the 1st Cavalry Brigade, Army of the Potomac, he joined Major General "Bull" Sumner's staff and was promoted to Captain.
During the desperate fighting in the West Woods at Antietam, Audenried was wounded and cited for gallantry under fire. Returning to duty in time for the Rappahannock Campaign and battle of Fredericksburg, he remained with Sumner until the General's voluntary resignation in March 1863, when he briefly joined Major General Wool's staff. Next Audenried joined Major General U.S. Grant's military family, then at Vicksburg and accompanied him to Chattanooga. During these operations, he became attached to Major General W.T. Sherman, an association that lasted the rest of his career.
Active campaigning in the West marked the remainder of his wartime duty. On October 11, 1863, Sherman and staff narrowly avoided capture by Forrest's cavalry during a railroad stop-over at Colliersville, Tennessee. Six weeks later Audenried helped coordinate Sherman's attack on Mission Ridge and then marched with Sherman's column to relieve General Burnside at Knoxville, through mountains covered in snow and mud. On December 3rd, Audenried personally delivered Sherman's dispatch to Burnside announcing their arrival.
In the Spring of 1864, Sherman's three armies moved towards Atlanta, distinguished by 120 days of constant fighting, marching and entrenching. The General relied heavily on his staff to "carry my orders day and night to distant parts of our extended lines with an intelligence and zeal.... These officers, of singular energy and intelligence, have been of immense assistance to me in handling these large armies," he acknowledged. Audenried continued these duties during the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns, moving between organizational headquarters with important orders and dispatches.
In recognition of his efficient service, Audenried was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel ADC in August 1866 and to full colonel in March 1869, when Sherman advanced to General of the Armies. Two years later he accompanied his general on a ten-month tour of European and Middle Eastern countries, viewing fortifications and recent battlefields of the continent. A few years later Audenried's health began to fail and he passed away on June 3, 1880, of an unknown cause. He was survived by his wife Mary and daughter Florence, then thirteen years old. His resting place is the Post Cemetery at West Point, New York.
This is an outstanding cased Spencer Rifle of which there are only three known sets. This rifle retains all of the original blue finish on the barrel. Bright fiery blue on the hood sight, rear barrel sight and tang sight. The case colored parts retain all of the vivid fiery case colors. Stock and forearm are mint. Silver plated tip retains all of the silver finish. The stock has areas of lightness, cause by being displayed close to sunlight. Entire rifle is about in new condition. Case is in outstanding condition. The lining is excellent. It is The best cased ID'd Spencer sporting rifle known for sale.