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Civil War Union Bullseye Canteen, dug at Stafford, VA (SOLD)

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This is another one of the canteens which I recently acquired from a large Civil War collection; it is a U.S. Model 1858 canteen - the most popular canteen used during the Civil War period. This example is made with concentric rings for strengthening and commonly referred to as the "bullseye" pattern. It was dug years ago in a Union camp in Stafford, Virginia.

During the Civil War, Stafford was a logistical and transportation center, and a staging ground. From the banks of the Rappahannock River in December 1862, Union forces staged an advance to start the Battle of Fredericksburg. Shortly after, Union General Ambrose Burnside bogged down his army on the famous "Mud March." In the Fredericksburg Visitor Center and Museum, there is a change purse like this one which was removed from a dead Union soldier by at Confederate at the base of Marye's Heights (see pictures).

The civilians of Stafford were among the first in the new world to suffer the devastating effects of a modern war, having to host most of the Union's Army of the Potomac from 1862-1863. Over 200,000 soldiers camped, ate, and lived off the land, straining the county's resources to the point of collapse. Stafford's population did not recover until the 1940s, well into the twentieth century.

This is an excellent example of a Civil War Union canteen. As seen in the pictures, it is dented in, but the three sling keepers are present as well as the pewter spout. Overall it is in solid condition and a thin coat of varnish was applied for preservation. In my book “The Civil War Canteen – Third Edition” I have similar dug canteens pictured. I also go into more details on this model as well as the many others. A canteen is a must for any type of Civil War collection.

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