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Maker-marked Bullseye Canteen recovered from the Trevilian Station, VA Battlefield

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This is another canteen being offered, it is an excavated Federal "Bullseye" canteen. It is the corrugated style with seven rings which is why they refer to it as a bullseye. Approximately one half of the canteen remains intact including its pewter spout and two of its three strap guides. The spout is stamped with its manufacturer "HADDEN. PORTER & BOOTH. PHILa". I discuss these canteens and many others in my book "The Civil War Canteen - Third Edition". It was recovered from the Trevilian Station, VA Battlefield.

To draw off the Confederate cavalry and open the door for a general movement to the James River, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan mounted a large-scale cavalry raid into Louisa County, threatening to cut the Virginia Central Railroad. On June 11, 1864, Sheridan with the Gregg's and Torbert's divisions attacked Hampton's and Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry divisions at Trevilian Station (see website for CDV of Fitz Lee).

Sheridan drove a wedge between the Confederate divisions, throwing them into confusion. On the 12th, fortunes were reversed. Hampton and Lee dismounted their troopers and drew a defensive line across the railroad and the road to Gordonsville. From this advantageous position, they beat back several determined dismounted assaults. Sheridan withdrew after destroying about six miles of the Virginia Central Railroad. Confederate victory at Trevilian prevented Sheridan from reaching Charlottesville and cooperating with Hunter's army in the Valley. This was one of the bloodiest cavalry battles of the war.

Surprisingly, this canteen is very stable with no chipping or rust. The side that is mostly gone would have been the side that faced up while underground, holding all the water. The remaining iron is remarkably solid and was lightly clear coated at some point after its recovery as a preservative measure. It was acquired directly from the digger's family. When displayed, the damaged side is not obvious. This would make a great addition to any Civil War collection.

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