CANTEEN IDENTIFIED TO 3RD MASSACHUSETTS HEAVY ARTILLERY

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Item Code: 766-804

This New York Depot canteen is in nice used condition.

The body has the usual scattered dents. The largest is at center of one side and meas. approx. 3.00 x 3.00 inches.

Cover is brown wool and is in very good condition. It is worn in areas and there are one or two small holes but nothing major.

Cotton sling is present and complete however it is a little worn just above the side sling keepers and broken between the bottom and one of the side keepers.

Small section of original chain remains attached but there is no stopper. Pewter spout is unmarked.

A close inspection of the cover shows what appear to be letters and numbers on each side. These are very light and almost look like wax residue. However, when hit with a black light the markings show up rather strongly. One side is stenciled “3RD MASS HVY. ART.” While the opposite side reads “CO. C  No 38.”

The 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery was recruited through 1863 with companies being parceled out to garrison forts around Boston. In the spring of 1864 eight companies were transferred to the defenses of Washington, D.C. The movement to Washington was not well received by member of the regiment who were told they would remain in Massachusetts. The companies of the regiment were numbered until September of 1864 when the last companies for the regiment were raised and the unit was carried on the rolls as the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. Company C was the first company raised back in January of 1864.

The regiment (except for Company I who was serving with the main army) was mustered out on September 18, 1865.  [ad]

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