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Object Name Box, Cartridge
Catalog Number 0985.13.00255
Description Non-regulation rifle cartridge box: black leather with double flaps and implement pouch, closure tab sewn to outer flap; brass finial; two divided tin inserts; horizontal and vertical loops on rear, vertical loops sewn; two japanned roller buckles sewn to bottom; large brass plaque attached to out flap: "J. W. Willeroy / Co. K. 4th Virginia Batl'n / Light Infantry Vols. / Rode's Brigade, Jackson's Corps / Army Northern Virginia, C. S. A. / This cartridge box was the means of / saving my life in the Battle of /Seven Pines in front of Richmond, VA, / May 31, 1862." Bullet hole through top flap, passing through inner flap, and badly damaging tin insert.
Dimensions H-6 W-7.5 D-2.5 inches
Owned J. W. Willeroy
Owner Regiment 4th Virginia Infantry, Co. K
Made Unknown
Event Battle of Seven Pines / Fair Oaks
Provenance Mr. J. W. Willeroy's company was part of Rode's Brigade, Jackson's Corps, and he carried this cartridge box when engaged in the Battle of Seven Pines, May 1862. According to a plaque on the cartridge box (likely postwar), this cartridge box saved his life in that battle.
People Willeroy, J. W.
Search Terms items that stopped bullets
Battle of Seven Pines / Fair Oaks
Peninsula Campaign
Subjects Life saving