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Name Petersburg Campaign / Siege of Petersburg

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Letter - 1937.078.00002

William Henry Wallace to Fitz William McMaster, November 20, 1871 Physical Appearance: November 20, 1871 - W[illiam] H[enry] Wallace at Union, S[outh] C[arolina], to Col[onel] [Fitz William] McMaster, Columbia, S[outh] C[arolina] - Bonham forwarded the letter in (MS-19371110.1) to former Brigadier General W. H. Wallace, who in turns forwards to McMaster and requests that McMaster comply with Beauregard's request. Wallace notes, "remember that I was not at Petersburg when the explosion took place."


The splint is a slightly rounded piece of pine or bass wood with a knot hole in the upper left. Written in pencil on the wood is "Wounded June 29, 1864 at the Battle of Reams Station, Va. This was the 5th and last time wounded during the War between the States - this Splint was used on the leg of G. N. Truss - Co. E 10th Alabama [Infty]."

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Kepi -

Infantry officer's kepi of blue wool broadcloth; leather chin strap; gold braid on top of crown, front, back, and sides; U.S. eagle cuff buttons on either side of the chin strap; foul weather cover (.20a) of waterproofed cotton cloth.

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Cover, Kepi -

Foul weather kepi cover of thin, waterproofed (oil painted) cotton cloth.

Coat, Frock -

Uniform Frock coat: double breasted, seven buttons in each row, cadet gray wool cloth with buff wool piping, no facings, dark green wool and silk lining in the body, white cotton sheeting lining in the sleeves, remainder of gold braid captain's insignia on the collar, gold sleeve braid, and Federal staff buttons with backmarks, "SCOVILL MF'G. / WATERBURY" and "EXTRA / QUALITY."

Cord, Hat -

One (of two) coiled gold thread hatbands. With gold thread fringe.

Cord, Hat -

One (of two) coiled gold thread hatbands. With woven gold thread acorns.

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New Model 1863, Sharp's carbine, Caliber 0.50 with serial number "81663." The carbine is marked, "C. SHARPS PAT. / OCT. 5TH 1852 / R. S. LAWRENCE PAT. / APRIL 12TH 1859 / SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO / HARTFORD CONN / NEW MODEL 1863." The sight is marked with "R. S. LAWRENCE / PATENTED / FEB. 15TH 1859."

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The pipe bowl is made of white clay. The edges of the rim and pipestem insert are rounded. The bowl is inscribed with a Federal eagle with a shield (center), two rabbits (one on either side), greenery, and the following text: "MADE FROM THE CRATER / OF July 30th 1864."

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a: Brass, two-piece Georgia State Seal button; backmark illegible b: White glass four hole button

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Crucifix -

This is a lead crucifix (or statue of Jesus Christ on a cross). The base is loose from the cross and the figure is secured with a wire/ cotton string.

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Confederate Staff and Field Officer sword; slightly curved, single edged blade, with single broad fuller, blade etched with floral sprays; gilded brass hilt, pierced with floral sprays, "CS" and five point stars within wreath, pommel missing, remains of wood grip, cover and wire wrap missing. Leather scabbard (.40a) with brass mounts, drag missing. Relic condition.

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Scabbard, Sword -

Leather scabbard with brass mounts, drag missing. For sword (.40), in relic condition.

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Sword -

Confederate Cavalry Saber: single-edged, curved blade; brass hilt with two branches and knuckle bow flowing from ovoid guard into pommel; wooden grip wrapped in leather and single stand of wire. Metal scabbard with brass mounts (.81a).

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Scabbard, Sword -

Scabbard: for Confederate Cavalry Saber (81b). Metal scabbard. "Squiggins - NC" painted in red on reverse side.

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Glasses, Field -

Binocular optic device. Black leather covering metal. Marked "12 / Glaser". With case (.147a).

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Case, Field Glasses -

Field glasses case; cardboard covered with black leather. Written on the lid of the case is, "W. R. Cox / 2nd N. C. S. T./ July 24, 1861". Lid attached with two metal hinges; closes with metal clasp. Lined with red silk. For field glasses (.147).



Tarred black cloth over paper board with embossed designs and a brass lock on the front. A variety of inks and pencil marks are on the inside flap.

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Light brown cotton homespun cotton shirt; turndown collar with one interior and one exterior breast pocket; three button holes and white glass buttons.

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The wallet is brown leather, fold-up pocketbook. The interior has a leather flap in the middle section and a pocket at each end. The exterior is marked with the number "513."