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Object Name FORK
Catalog Number 0985.13.00449
Description Sterling silver fork engraved with "Ewell" and "Sailor's Creek, Va April 6th 1865" Maker's mark "Min X". According to the donor, it is solid silver and weights 2.5 oz.
Material Metal/Silver
Dimensions L-8 inches
Owned Richard S. Ewell; unidentified Union soldier; R. Q. Tenney
Event Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek
Provenance Fork taken along with other possessions (a haversack with personal silver and other articles) of Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell when he was captured at Sailor's Creek, Virginia by Custer's shortly before Lee's surrender at Appomattox. He was among the eight Confederate generals captured in that battle. Sold to Mr. R.Q. Tenney for $2.00 by the clerk who had taken it, as it was the only fork with Ewell's name on it. Mr. Tenney used the fork almost continually for about sixty years since that time. Bought from Mr. Tenney by Mr. Toelle who wished to return it to where it rightly belonged.
People Ewell, Richard Stoddert
unidentified Union soldier
Tenney, R. Q.
Search Terms Appomattox Campaign
Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek
items captured by Union soldiers
items captured from Confederate soldiers
items taken by Union soldiers
items taken from Confederate soldiers
Items taken North by Union soldiers and later returned South
Surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, April 9, 1865
United States Army
Subjects Artificial limbs
Prisoners of war
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries