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Section of Harmonica, recovered at Antietam

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Product Description

This is a brass reed from an original Civil War soldier’s harmonica. Harmonica's were very popular with Civil War soldiers....they were relatively easy to play and could be carried in the pocket. If not brought or sent from home, they were available through the camp sutler. It was dug by a local Sharpsburg resident on the Antietam battlefield.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland in the late summer of 1862 and was intercepted by Union General George B. McClellan. Their armies met in the Battle of Antietam (or Battle of Sharpsburg) on September 17, 1862, this would become the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War and all of American military history, seeing nearly 23,000 casualties. The inconclusive but strategic Union victory partially politically enabled Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. This unique piece comes with the description and the glass top display case pictured.

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