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Civil War Model 1858 Smoothside Canteen recovered at Five Forks Battlefield

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a Union Model 1858 Smoothside Canteen. It is a piece which was recently excavated. As seen in the pictures, a section at the bottom has rusted away; this was the results of the way it laid in the ground. The spout is gone, but the two top sling loops still remain. It was dug at the Five Forks, Virginia Battlefield.

The Battle of Five Forks was fought on April 1, 1865, southwest of Petersburg, in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, during the Appomattox Campaign. The battle, sometimes referred to as the "Waterloo of the Confederacy", pitted Union General Philip H. Sheridan against General George E. Pickett of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Pickett's loss at Five Forks triggered Lee's decision to abandon his entrenchments around Petersburg and begin the retreat that led to his surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9th.

These Smoothside canteens were the most used during the Civil War. In my book “The Civil War Canteen – Second Edition”, I go into more details on these types. The canteen has been coated with varnish so it is now stable with no chipping of flaking. I acquired it directly from the digger. A nice piece from the last major battle of the Civil War and free shipping on this piece. 

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