LEATHER CANTEL PATENT CANTEEN ID’D TO 12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE SOLDIER

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This black leather canteen was the design of Lazare Cantel who was given a patent for it on October 14, 1862.

The body consists of two pieces of heavy molded leather held together with copper rivets and lined on the inside with tinfoil. The spout is pewter with a small lip. On either side of the spout are slanted cuts with brass escutcheons. These were for the leather sling that is now gone, as is the cork stopper and chain.

Painted at center on one side is a US flag on a pole. Most of the paint in the area of the stripes has worn off but there is enough out the paint left to make out the decoration. The spout has also been decorated around its base with red, white and blue lines.

The canteen body does show some wear and surface dirt as well as minor creasing. An old typed label attached to the canteen reads “NON-REGULATION LEATHER CIVIL WAR CANTEEN. PICTURED IN LORD’S BOOK, PAGE 71. RIVETTED EDGES & PEWTER TOP. A U.S. FLAG HAS BEEN PAINTED ON. BELONGED TO: CORPORAL GRAY OF THE 12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE.” The opposite side of the tag is hand written in ink and reads “CORPORAL HANSON GRAY, CO. H 12TH N.H. INF. ENLISTED-AGE 24 AUG.19, 1862 FROM LACONIA, N. H. HEIGHT 5’ 7 1/2”, APPOINTED CORPORAL FEB. 4, 1864. WOUNDED AT CHANCELLORSVILLE AND COLD HARBOR DISCHARGED JUNE 21, 1865. –NOTE: AT CHANCELLORSVILLE BULLET PENETRATED THE TESTAMENT HE CARRIED IN HIS VEST POCKET-BUT STOPPED IN THE TESTAMENT. PER LORD 9/82.”

Corporal Gray’s military and pension records come with the canteen. The only thing that can be added to the information on the tag is that Gray was wounded severely at Cold Harbor being hit in the left thigh. He was absent from his regiment from June 3, 1864 to his discharge on June 21, 1865. From his records it appears that before his wounding he did not miss a day. Hanson Gray died in Manchester, New Hampshire on May 16, 1896.

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