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    Confederate Carbine Cartridge Box Used by W. R. Cline, 7th Virginia Cavalry, with One of the Original Enfield Eley Cartridges. The box is unquestionably pre-war and exemplifies the type of equipment often used by the beleaguered Confederates. The body of the box is 3" x 7¾" and slightly curved to fit the body, with a single wide belt loop having a 3" slot for the belt. The slightly larger, decoratively cut heavy black leather flap has a latch tab which closes over a small flat brass finial on the bottom of the box. The box uses a form fitted wooden block which is bored to accept eight cartridges of up to .69 caliber. A tool pouch is incorporated on the front with a woven leather button for closure. Included is a .577 caliber paper cartridge, embossed on the side "Eley Bros. London". The smooth sided Enfield Minie bullet, with the original boxwood base plug, is inverted and inserted into the top of the paper tube. The cartridge is in about perfect condition retaining the original powder. Attached to the box is an old paper tag with the pencil notation "Confederate Held Portion of Brit Cart Paper Mkd Eley". The outside flap of the box shows some crackling to the finish with just some minor flaking. The interior of the box, as evidenced by the cartridge, is perfect, completely untouched.

    Also included with the box is a 1910 5.5" X 8.5" application to join the Confederate Veterans Magruder Post No. 36 from W. R. Cline of Front Royal, Va., listing his service with Company B 17th Virginia Infantry from 1861 to 1864 and late war service with Company B of the 7th Virginia Cavalry. Also included are Cline's pair of brass Civil War spurs, possibly Confederate manufacture, his period crossed sabers cavalry insignia and a yellow worsted wool cavalry hat cord. Cline was paroled at Appomattox Court House. The grouping is intact as found, which also includes Cline's original Southern Cross of Honor. Very nice piece of rare, identified Confederate used equipment with the added interest of the very scarce cartridge.


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    June, 2008
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