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Soldier's Tin Match Box recovered in Dallas, GA

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a soldier’s Match Box. It is made of tin and measures 2” x 2 ½”. This unique piece was excavated, but amazingly it still opens freely; it was dug in Dallas, Georgia.

Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s army fell back from Cassville, Georgia to the Dallas area and entrenched. Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s army tested the Rebel line, and then dug in themselves. On May 28, 1864, General William J. Hardee’s corps probed the Union defensive line, held by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan’s Corps. Light skirmishing devolved into heavy fighting, with each side pouring more men into the fight.

The Rebels were eventually repulsed, though both sides suffered high casualties. Sherman, looking to outmaneuver Johnston, left his Dallas lines on June 5, and moved his army towards the rail at Allatoona Pass. Johnston followed shortly, paralleling Sherman’s movements and hoping to block his advance on Atlanta.

This is a nice personal item and in my recent book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I discuss in further detail match boxes, tobacco and smoking habits of Civil War soldiers.


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