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    Bullet-Struck Federal Cartridge Box with Image and Diary. This small, yet wonderful, grouping is associated with a sadly anonymous 1864 draftee into Sherman's army. The centerpiece is a .69 caliber cartridge box pierced through both flaps and suffering damage to one tin insert. The culprit behind this wreckage - a .58 caliber Confederate Gardner - is still nestled in the hole it drilled so long ago. Included with the box is a CDV-sized lightly colored tintype of its armed owner. He wears a four-button sack coat, slouch hat, and belt with cap box fastened by a gilt US oval plate. His somewhat rough dress is in sharp contrast to the spit and polish associated with the Army of the Potomac. Placing these items in context is a pocket diary containing a one-page poem in French and six pages recording the soldier's service. Inducted on December 7, 1864 , he participated in the March to the Sea, the Carolinas Campaign and the final race to Washington for the Grand Review at war's end. The cartridge box and image are displayed with an explanatory plaque in a custom shadowbox wooden frame.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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