|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|
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.
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