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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 center piece 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 bullet is still nestled in the hole it drilled so long ago. Included with the box is a CDV size nicely tinted tintype of its armed owner. He wears a four button sack coat, slouch hat, and belt with cap box fastened with gilt oval US 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 for Washington for the Grand Review at War's end, doubtless carrying this remarkable brush with death with him. The cartridge box and image are displayed with an explanatory plaque in a custom shadowbox wood frame. Ex-John Henry Kurtz Collection.

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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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