• Image 1
  • Image 2
  • Image 3
  • Image 4

Civil War Soldier's Pocket Watch, dug Chickamauga (SOLD)

Out of Stock

$0.00

Product Description

This is another nice piece being offered, it is an excavated soldier’s pocket watch. It has a brass case with a stem-wind and has a 2” diameter. In the 1850s, the stem-wind, stem-set movement did away with the watch key which was a necessity for the operation of any pocket watch up to that point. The first stem-wind and stem-set pocket watches were sold during the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. This watch was dug at the Chickamauga Battlefield years ago.

The Battle of Chickamauga Creek to place September 19–20, 1863. Union General William S. Rosecrans had established his army at Chickamauga, Georgia, 12 miles southeast of Chattanooga. Confederate General Braxton Bragg collected reinforcements and prepared to do battle, assisted by General James Longstreet. For two days the conflict raged in a tangled forest along Chickamauga Creek.

Dazed by the ferocious Confederate assault, the main body of the Union army gave way and retreated in disorder. Union General George H. Thomas, the “Rock of Chickamauga,” skillfully organized the defenses and withstood the attack until the assistance of a reserve corps made possible an orderly withdrawal to Chattanooga. Of 120,000 troops participating, casualties numbered 16,000 Union troops and 18,000 Confederate troops, making this one of the bloodiest engagements of the Civil War.

Chickamauga was considered a decisive victory for the South, but General Bragg did not choose to follow it up, and two months later the results were completely nullified at the Battle of Chattanooga.

This watch remains just as it was when lost. It probably was functional at that time. It is one solid piece now, unable to open, but remains in solid condition. It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

Product Reviews

Write Review

This product hasn't received any reviews yet. Be the first to review this product!

Quantity:
Shipping:
$7.50 (Fixed shipping cost)