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    Ultra-Complete Housewife Identified to a Maine Soldier, who died at Andersonville. This typical roll-up needle case is far from typical in contents and history. The exterior is the usual black glazed cotton with cloth edging, however the interior is filled with all its original contents, including scissors, needles, varieties of thread, buttons, sealing wax, lint, a pen knife and a pewter whistle. On a small piece of white tape sewn inside is the name "J. M. Rideout." With the housewife is an old note, now mounted on cardboard, faintly inscribed in ink: "This belonged to/Joseph M. Rideout-and/was picked up on the/ battlefield of the "Wilderness",/and sent home to his father." Rideout enlisted in Co. E of the 17th Maine Vol. Infantry in August, 1862. He was mortally wounded in action at the Wilderness on May 5, 1864, captured and sent to Andersonville Prison where he died from his wounds a short time later. Apparently a friend of Pvt. Rideout found this housewife on the field after the battle and sent it home to his father in Cumberland, Maine. It remained a treasured memento of his fallen son until the father's death at age 99. Great history and very scarce this complete.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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