Own a Limited Edition Custom Rifle
Hillsdale College will make available the first 25 rifles that are faithful copies of its beautifully hand-engraved Henry Original (as shown) which resides at the College. These rifles will be hand-chased engraved and will capture all of the beautiful detail of the original—celebrating the historic participation of Hillsdale alumni in the Civil War. Unique receiver engravings feature Central Hall, Missionary Ridge, the Civil War Monument, and a historic depiction of Hillsdale College. The serial numbers will run from HC001 to HC025.
Unique Receiver Engravings
Decorative American leafy-vine details frame a depiction of the historic campus setting around the time of the Civil War.
A scene from the famous battle on November 25, 1863, is depicted and framed within an ornamental American leafy-vine scroll.
Civil War Monument
A beautiful portrait-style design of the campus monument commemorates Hillsdale students who fought for the Union in the Civil War.
The historic focal point of campus is featured with banners above and below to identify the iconic landmark.
Hillsdale Students and the Struggle to Preserve the Union
On November 25, 1863, three Hillsdale College regimental commanders helped to lead a daring and successful Union assault on Missionary Ridge—an action that contributed greatly to the expulsion of rebel forces from Tennessee and, ultimately, Union victory in the Civil War. The heroic deeds of these men typified Hillsdale’s noble and exceptional role in the fight to preserve the Union. When the guns finally fell silent and the last banners were furled, more than 500 Hillsdale men (including approximately 250 officers, three generals, and three Medal of Honor winners) had fought and, in numerous cases, sacrificed their lives to ensure that their republic would not, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “perish from the earth.”
The Legendary Henry Rifle
To pay tribute to Hillsdale College Civil War veterans who fought selflessly to uphold the Constitution and the Union it serves, Hillsdale College has turned to another honored Union veteran—the Henry Rifle. Originally chambered in .44 Rimfire, the Henry debuted in 1860 as a 16-shot lever-action repeater. At a time when small arms consisted primarily of bulky single-shot weapons, the revolutionary Henry design offered the promise of significant military applications. Although the Union War Department probably issued fewer than 1,000 Henrys during the course of the Civil War, approximately 10,000 saw service in the conflict. Thousands of boys in blue spent their hard-earned soldier pay to procure the rapid-fire weapon that rebels enviously dubbed, “that damned Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week.” Hillsdale soldiers were no doubt familiar with this renowned weapon, and some probably used it to great effect in the defense of their country.
These rifles are valued at $27,000. Donors receive a $25,000 charitable deduction. Proceeds will support scholarships for shotgun and rifle and pistol team members.
For more information contact John Cervini at (517) 607-2569.