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Civil War Side Knife from Confederate campsite in Texas (SOLD,JW)

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This is another great piece being offered, it is an excavated clip-corner Confederate side knife. The overall length is 12” and the blade is 1 ½” wide at the widest part. It still has the brass guard present. What is very interesting about this knife is that there are carvings on both sides of the blade. One side has what appears to be numerous crosses and the other side has half-moons carvings. This unique knife was recovered years ago at a Confederate campsite near Waco, Texas.

In the years immediately preceding the Civil War, the recently founded town of Waco had a population of less than 1,000, and surrounding McLennan County was home to just 8,000 citizens. More than a quarter of McLennan County’s total population enlisted. Six Confederate generals hailed from Waco – a surprising fact given its small size at the time.

The 10th Texas Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Waco, Texas, during the winter of 1861-1862. Many of its members were from Houston and Tyler. It served in the Department of Texas, later they were captured at Arkansas Post in January 1863. Exchanged and reorganized, the unit was assigned to Deshler's, J.A. Smith's, and Granbury's Brigade, and in September 1863, consolidated with the 6th Infantry Regiment and the 15th Cavalry Regiment (dismounted).

The 30th Cavalry Regiment [also called 1st Texas Partisan Rangers] was also organized at Waco during the summer of 1862. It was formed with about 800 men from Waco, Round Rock, and Hill Country.

This knife remains in very nice condition, there is some minor rust but overall solid and no flaking. The symbols carved into the blade make this a very interesting piece – I wonder what the soldier was thinking and what they stood for. It comes in the glass-top display case pictured.

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