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Civil War Soldier’s Pocketknife, dug at the Wilderness battlefield (SOLD)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a Civil War soldier’s pocketknife. It has the remains of the wooden handle and the blades are rusted inside. Definitely dropped by a soldier. This one was recovered years ago from the Wilderness, VA battlefield. I purchased it directly from the digger who lives adjacent to the battlefield.

The Battle of the Wilderness fought May 5–7, 1864, was the first battle of General Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, which was an indication of what lied ahead. The battle was inconclusive and on May 7th, Grant disengaged and moved to the southeast, intending to leave the Wilderness to interpose his army between Lee and Richmond, leading to the bloody Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

Although no longer operational, it remains in solid condition and a good representation of what the soldiers used. In my latest book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I discuss pocketknives and their importance to the common soldier. This unique example comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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