Reward offered in 2016 theft of historic 19th-century rifle

Harrisburg

The owner of an 1860 Henry repeating rifle that was stolen from the National Civil War Museum in 2016 is now offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading to its recovery. 

The rifle was owned at one time by Simon Cameron, the secretary of war for President Lincoln from March 1861 to January 1862. It had the name “Cameron” engraved on the receiver.

The rifle was stolen along with two Colt revolvers presented to Cameron by Samuel Colt.

The firearms were on display in the Education Gallery as part of its “Guns and Lace” exhibit and were on loan to the museum. 

Authorities say sometime between 5:30 p.m. on February 13 and 8:30 a.m. on February 14, 2016, someone used a sledgehammer to break a window and enter the museum. A hammer was then used to shatter the cases which contained the firearms. 

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of the rifle, please contact the Harrisburg Bureau of Police at (717) 558-6900.

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