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Soldier's spoon recovered in Gettysburg, 1st Day battle (SOLD)


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This is another nice item being offered, it is the remnants of a soldier’s pewter spoon. This spoon bowl was found many years ago in Gettysburg, near Reynolds Avenue. It was originally part of the John P. Geiselman collection. Geiselman began collecting Gettysburg relics as a boy in the 1920s and many of the artifacts that he obtained came from prominent early Gettysburg collections and key battlefield sites. Geiselman carefully documented his collection and displayed it for many years at the Geiselman Country Store Museum.

The first-day’s battle proceeded in three phases as combatants continued to arrive at the battlefield. In the morning, two brigades of Confederate General Henry Heth's division were delayed by dismounted Union cavalrymen under Brigadier General John Buford. As infantry reinforcements arrived under General John F. Reynolds Union I Corps, the Confederate assaults down the Chambersburg Pike were repulsed, although General Reynolds was killed.

By early afternoon, the Union XI Corps had arrived, and the Union position was in a semicircle from west to north of the town. The Confederate Second Corps under General Richard S. Ewell began a massive assault from the north, with General Robert E. Rodes's division attacking from Oak Hill and General Jubal A. Early's division attacking across the open fields north of town. The Union lines generally held under extremely heavy pressure, although the salient at Barlow's Knoll was overrun.

The third phase of the battle came as Rodes renewed his assault from the north and Heth returned with his entire division from the west, accompanied by the division of General W. Dorsey Pender. Heavy fighting in Herbst's Woods (near the Lutheran Theological Seminary) and on Oak Ridge finally caused the Union line to collapse. Some of the Federals conducted a fighting withdrawal through the town, suffering heavy casualties and losing many prisoners; others simply retreated.

Like I said, this is a great piece from one of the most historical locations of the Civil War. It comes in the glass-top display case pictured. (SOLD)

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