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Soldier’s pipe recovered in a campsite outside of Antietam


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This is another nice piece being offered, it is the bowl from a Civil War soldier’s clay pipe. It measures 2 ½” x 1 ¼”. There are examples of these pipes in “Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of the Civil War” by Stanley Phillips. This pipe and several others were recovered from a camp just outside of the Antietam battlefield.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland in the late summer of 1862 and was intercepted by Union General George B. McClellan. Their armies met in the Battle of Antietam (or Battle of Sharpsburg) on September 17, 1862. This would become the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War and all of American military history, seeing nearly 23,000 casualties.

In my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I go into detail about the habits of soldiers concerning tobacco and smoking (see pictures). The pipe is in nice condition for being dug but shows the signs of extended use. They always go well in a display of a soldier’s personal effects.

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