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Cartridge Box Tin from Kennesaw Mountain


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This is the second .58 Civil War Cartridge Box Tin being offered. In the leather cartridge box there would be two of these tins to hold cartridges. Due to battlefield recoveries, it is probably that many soldiers discarded these tins in favor of just putting their cartridges loose in the box. This particular example was part of the Sydney Kerksis collection (pioneer relic hunter, author and historian). It was recovered at the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield in the Confederate lines of Cheatham Hill.

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was fought on June 27, 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign. It was the most significant frontal assault launched by Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman against the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, ending in a tactical defeat for the Union forces.

Sherman's 1864 campaign against Atlanta, Georgia, was initially characterized by a series of flanking maneuvers against Johnston, each of which compelling the Confederate army to withdraw from heavily fortified positions with minimal casualties on either side. After two months and 70 miles of such maneuvering, Sherman's path was blocked by imposing fortifications on Kennesaw Mountain, near Marietta, Georgia, and the Union general chose to change his tactics and ordered a large-scale frontal assault on June 27, 1864.

Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson feinted against the northern end of Kennesaw Mountain, while his corps under Maj. Gen. John A. Logan assaulted Pigeon Hill on its southwest corner. At the same time, Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas launched strong attacks against Cheatham Hill at the center of the Confederate line. Both attacks were repulsed with heavy losses, but a demonstration by Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield achieved a strategic success by threatening the Confederate army's left flank, prompting yet another Confederate withdrawal toward Atlanta and the removal of General Johnston from command of the army.

This is a nice piece from a great collection. It has been lightly coated for preservation and has the inventory number “UB / 156”. Very solid – no chipping or flaking.

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