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Cartridge Box Tin from East Woods, Antietam 1967

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This is another interesting piece being offered, it is a section of a Civil War Cartridge Box Tin. It is mostly flattened and measures 4” x 3 ½”. It was recovered by a local relic hunter on October 21, 1967 in the East Woods of the Antietam Battlefield.

The Battle of Antietam was a scene of chaos and violence on September 17th, 1862, especially in the area known as the “East Woods”. A soldier from the 8th Ohio Infantry (Burnside’s Corps) described the fighting in the East Woods the night before the battle:

“Nothing could have been more grand.  The red glare of flame along the Rebel line for more than a mile, the bright streams of light along the track of the shell, and the livid clouds of smoke as the shell burst in the air, constituted a spectacle brilliant beyond comparison.”

This is an interesting example and something you seldom find with the recovery recorded to the exact date. The digger put his daily finds in a safety pin box and wrote the area and date on the label (copy included). It is just as it was found in 1967, having only a slight coating of varnish for preservation. It still remains solid with no flaking. A great piece from a very significant area of the bloodiest day in America’s history.

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