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    Two Walking Sticks Owned by Confederate Captain Anthony Wayne Caldwell - Killed at the Battle of Atlanta. Captain Anthony Wayne Caldwell enlisted with Company "B" of the 5th Tennessee Infantry at Paris, Tennessee at the start of the Civil War, joining the service of the Confederacy as did his three brothers. Only his brother, Confederate Surgeon Samuel Houston Caldwell, would survive the war. Captain Anthony Wayne Caldwell would die of wounds he received at the Battle of Atlanta in July 1864.

    These two walking sticks were owned by Captain Caldwell and left at home back in Paris, Tennessee. The first was made at the Tennessee State Penitentiary by the inmates of that institution. The warden of the facility was a friend of the Caldwell family. It is of an unusual, almost folk art design as it is made of tightly-wound leather washers fitted around a central iron rod. At 34" in length it includes a 1½" brass tip at the end. With a rounded knob as a handle, it is very sturdy and quite useable today.

    The second walking stick is a thinner stick made of wood and at 36½" is somewhat longer than the first with a 1" brass tip. The handle is made of gold fitted to the wood and is engraved in an ornate foliate design and measures 1¼". These two walking sticks are personal artifacts owned by a brave Confederate captain who never made it home from the war.


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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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