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Identified Civil War Cartridge Box with strap, soldier in 7th and 52nd New York


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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a complete Civil War soldier’s Cartridge Box with its original shoulder strap attached. Usually missing, this unit still has both of the cartridge box tins inside. Inside the outer flap it is identified in period red ink “7th NY Inf. / E. Bachof”. This belonged to Edward Bachof, who enlisted on April 23, 1861 in Company C, of the 7th New York Infantry.

The 7th New York Infantry was organized in New York City and was mustered in for a two-year enlistment on April 23, 1861. They were composed almost entirely of German immigrants and were also known as the “Steuben Guard” or the “Steuben Regiment”.

Bachof fought at the Battle of Big Bethel, VA and from there went to Yorktown, Virginia. On August 5, 1861, he would be discharged for disability at nearby Newport News, Virginia. He returned home to New York and apparently, he quickly recovered from his disability. Only 3 weeks later on August 31, 35-year-old Bachof would enlist as a First Sergeant in another German unit, the 52nd New York Infantry. No doubt his age and prior service were responsible for his new rank of sergeant.

The 52nd New York Infantry was organized at New York City beginning August 3, 1861, and mustered in for three years’ service on October 11, 1861, under the command of Colonel Paul A. Frank. The regiment was created by the consolidation of six companies known as the "German Rangers" under Colonel Emil Von Schoening, with four companies known as the "Sigel Rifles" under the command of Colonel Frank.

Sergeant Bachof would only have a brief stay with the 52nd, again being discharged for disability on January 27, 1862, at Camp California, Virginia. Overall, this is a nice cartridge box, not stiff and the shoulder strap very pliable, but it does show its age with some leather chipping, mainly on the outside flap. Copies of his records are included.

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