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Civil War soldier's pocketknife from Port Hudson

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a four-inch bone handled pocket knife. It was recovered at the Port Hudson battlefield by the late legendary Louisiana relic hunter, author and historian, William A. “Billy” Spedale.

The Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana (May 22 – July 9, 1863), was the final engagement in the Union campaign to recapture the Mississippi in the Civil War. While Union General Ulysses Grant was besieging Vicksburg upriver, General Nathaniel Banks was ordered to capture the Confederate stronghold of Port Hudson, in order to go to Grant's aid. When his assault failed, Banks settled into a 48-day siege, the longest in US military history. A second attack also failed, and it was only after the fall of Vicksburg that the Confederate commander, General Franklin Gardner surrendered the port. The Union gained control of the river and navigation from the Gulf of Mexico through the Deep South and to the river's upper reaches.

Although being dug, this pocketknife still remains in solid condition – of course it can no longer open or close but much of the bone handle remains. This was a great pocketknife for the times and no doubt it was surely missed by the soldier who lost it. In my book "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items", I go into more detail about the importance of pocket knives. It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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