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  • Cartridge box found at Gettysburg (not included)

Relic Condition Union .58 cal. Cartridge Box (SOLD)

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Product Description

This is an interesting piece being offered, it is a relic-condition Civil War Union cartridge box, measuring 7 ½” x 6 ½”. There are no visible maker marks on the box. It has the inner compartment with leather closing strap, the brass finial, two strap buckles on the bottom, and the leather straps on the reverse.

What is unusual with this one is that the front leather flap has been intentionally cut off. There are different theories as to why this was done. Some say it made it easier for the soldier to get to his cartridges, and the majority found were battlefield pickups. The inner flap was sufficient to keep the cartridges dry.

Both sides experienced some degree of shortages of supplies, although much more so with the Confederacy. I think it was done to utilize the leather for other purposes, mainly for repairing shoes, i.e., soles and heels. There is a Confederate used cartridge box with the front cover removed that was recovered along Marsh Creek in Gettysburg (see pictures).

There are no tins and there is some slight flaking, but the leather is still somewhat pliable. This does make an interesting and inexpensive display piece.

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