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Object Name Canteen
Catalog Number 0985.13.00949
Description Leather covered glass canteen, 4 sling loops, 3/4" x 62" leather sling with brass buckle, cork stopper, leather cover embossed with bust profile of an officer and diamond latice incised line background
Dimensions W-6 D-3 inches
Owned John Barleycorn
Made unknown
Provenance According to the donor "This flask is called 'John Barleycorn on a Raid', because it was left at Belle-Roy, Gloucester, VA by Union troops in retreat. The flask was believed to have belonged to "General" John Barleycorn, a Union cavalry commander. The Confederate raiders looked first for liquor and took everything in sight."

Subsequent research indicates that "John Barleycorn" is a British folksong. The character of John Barleycorn in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it: beer and whisky.
People Barleycorn, John
Search Terms items left behind
Subjects Retreats, Military