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Soldier's Coffee Pot recovered at Brandy Station in 1959

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This is another nice item being offered, it is an excavated original Civil War soldier’s Coffee pot. It is mostly flattened and measures approximately 8” x 7” x 3” but the spout remains just about its original size. A small tag on the pot states “Brandy 1863 / Winter 3/59” – this is where it was recovered, the Union 1863 winter camp in Brandy Station, Virginia in March, 1959.

This coffee pot along with other relics came from The Wentworth Military Academy, which is located in Lexington, Missouri. It was established in 1880. The relics from this collection were sold at auction in the summer of 2008.

Brandy Station (see period photo) played an important role in the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863, though the Union and Confederate armies never clashed in the streets of the little town. A few months later, however, as winter descended, roads turned to muddy soup, and the frantic place of conflict slowed, the Union army established winter camps throughout the area. With spring, roads dried out and temperatures rose, heralding a new season of battle. In early May 1864, the Army of the Potomac left its comfortable winter quarters and headed off to begin the bloody Overland Campaign.

This is an interesting personal item and is just as it came out of the ground close to 60 years ago. Dug coffee pots are much rarer than non-dug examples. In my recent book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I go into further detail about soldier’s camp life and the importance of coffee.

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