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Civil War Soldier’s Pocketknife, dug at Fredericksburg, VA (SOLD)

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a Soldier's pocketknife measuring 4 ¼” x ¾”. This piece was recovered years ago at Fredericksburg, Virginia Battlefield.

On November 14, 1862, Union General Ambrose Burnside sent a corps to occupy the vicinity of Falmouth near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Lee reacted by entrenching his army on the heights behind the town. On December 13, after pontoon bridges were laid, Union forces crossed the Rappahannock River under fire.

Burnside mounted a series of futile frontal assaults on Prospect Hill and Marye's Heights that resulted in staggering casualties. On December 15, Burnside called off the offensive and recrossed the river, ending the failed campaign.

Although the knife is rusted, it still is pretty solid and has some of the wood remaining. Just about every soldier had a pocketknife. It was a tool that was extremely important to them. In my book “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs”, I show these knives and go into more details on their importance (see pictures). It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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