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Identified Confederate SC soldier’s ceramic pipe

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This is another great piece being offered, it is a Confederate soldier’s pipe. It is ceramic and appears to be a lady’s face. It was handed down through the family of Private J.A. James with several other pieces.

He served in two units during the war, first in May of 1862, he joined the South Carolina Palmetto Sharpshooters. They were made up entirely of companies that were from other Confederate units that were reenlisting. These companies came from infantry units such as the 4th, 5th, and 9th South Carolina Infantries and were sent to Virginia. During this time James fought at Gaines Mill, Seven Pines, 2nd Manassas and Antietam.

On April 1, 1864, he joined Ferguson's Battery of the South Carolina Light Artillery. After serving in South Carolina, the unit moved to Mississippi and fought under General Gist at Jackson. Later it joined the Army of Tennessee and was assigned to Palmer's, R. Martin's, and R. Cobb's Battalion of Artillery. Not engaged at Chickamauga, the battery served with the army from Chattanooga to Nashville. However, most of the men and all of its guns were captured at Nashville.

The pipe has a chip on the top edge and is actually tied together with a piece of twine for continued use. This really shows the desperation of the Confederate soldier as the war progressed. Actually, I think this pipe design was part of what became known as “Egyptomania”. During the 19th century America became fascinated with just about anything Egyptian. The face on the pipe resembles that of an Egyptian goddess. This is truly a great piece with a lot of character. Records of James from the American Civil War Database will be included.

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