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    Remarkable Carved Powder Horn Accomplished by Union P.O.W. at Camp Ford in Tyler, Texas.
    15" horn carved by Nicholas S. Hawkins while confined at a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp in Tyler, Texas. Hawkins was a 37-year old musician in Company A, 120th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Most of the regiment was captured while traveling on the river boat City Belle at Snaggy Point on the Red River in Louisiana on May 3, 1864. Camp Ford operated from 1863-1865 and had approximately 4600 prisoners at its peak. Hawkins made it back to Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio and was mustered out on June 6, 1865. He apparently was permitted to take his horn with him when released. One side of the horn is boldly carved "N. S. Hawkins. Prisoner of War Tyler Texas Captured at Snaggy Point on Red River May 3d 64." The rest of the horn is populated with other charming design elements some of which do not stand out well, but show clearly upon magnification. These include "Nick's Cabin", an American eagle, a shield marked "Union", an Amazon-like Lady Liberty holding a flag and sword, a supply train, a Union soldier advancing alongside a flag, a Union army depot with barrels of flour, sugar, tea, beef, pork, hard tack and rice with a soldier guarding it and, in contrast, a Confederate soldier sitting on top of a cotton bale with only one barrel marked "Mule Beef" alongside a palmetto tree. Small piece of wood missing from plug; otherwise, in great condition. Artifacts from this prison are especially desirable.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    2nd Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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