CAP BOX IDENTIFIED TO 90TH PENNSYLVANIA SOLDIER

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Item Code: 172-5344

Box has an outer flap that is heavily crazed but shows very little surface loss. Latch tap is solid. Interior flap has a nice smooth surface and both ears.

The interior is minus the lamb’s wool and pick.

The body of the box is excellent and shows light wear from use. Brass finial is present at bottom.

Back has both belt loops but they are slightly curled. Also the surface of the back of the box has moderate crazing and light surface loss.

With the box is a handwritten piece of paper that was once folded up in the box. In period pencil it reads “THIS CAP BOX WAS CARRIED BY STEPHEN GRIFFIN IN THE BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG DURING THE WAR OF THE REBELLION WHO WAS A PRIVATE IN THE 90TH REGIMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS.”

Records show that Griffin served in the 90th under the name of “GRIFFITH.” He enlisted in February of 1862 and is listed as having deserted on December 13, 1862 the day of the battle of Fredericksburg. Pension records also show that he served in the US Navy during the war.  [AD]

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