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Civil War Officer's Pocket Compass (SOLD)

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This is a great piece being offered, it is a Civil War officer’s cased compass. The wood case measures 2 ¼” x 2 ¼: x 3/4” and has two brass hinges, the front probably had a small closing hook – now missing. Inside is the glass covered compass and as correct for the era, no markings of country of origin. The compass was an invaluable navigational tool that enabled officers to coordinate movements between marching troops.

The bottom has some very faint pencil markings but very difficult to make out. What little I can make out appears to be “Gen”, “County”, “July 14”. The previous owner said that originally there was a note that said “Chancellorsville”, but no longer with this piece.

Obviously, this is not an excavated piece, so I would think that the Chancellorsville battlefield affiliation would have been that it was picked up during or just after the battle. Union troops were overrun by Confederates and most of their gear and personal items were left behind. Either way, this is a nice piece on its own.  

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