IDENTIFIED FLASK, 13TH U.S. INFANTRY

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Personal flask of Frank. P. Muhlenberg of the 13th United States Infantry. This is a wicker-covered glass flask. Inked onto the wicker on the front is a large “13” over some scroll work. Under that reads “CAPTAIN F.P. / MUHLENBERG”. On the back is a similarly large “13” with scroll work. “US” and “INF” is inked on the two respective thin sides of the flask. A thin cotton handle/sling is attached to the sides in canteen fashion. An old cork is in the mouth. On the bottom there are the remnants of an old paper tag affixed. It reads, “[…]burg  Nov 10th / 18[?]”.

Frank Peter Muhlenberg enlisted into Company G, of the 1st PA. Infantry.  Muhlenberg was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in the 13th U.S. Regular Infantry on May 14, 1861, when the Army expanded the Regular Army during the Civil War. During the American Civil War, the unit earned its motto "First at Vicksburg". It participated in the battles of Hayes Bluffs, Champion Hill, Black River, and on 19 May 1863 took part in the assault at Vicksburg. The 13th Regiment was the only Union unit to plant its colors on the Confederate positions. He was promoted to Captain in January of 1862 and brevetted to Major in April of 1865. He resigned his commission in April of 1866.  Muhlenberg was often on detached service during his service, but was present with the regiment during the Vicksburg Campaign. Due to chronic diarrhea he was assigned to “light duty” until his resignation in 1866.

The wicker and flask in general are in excellent condition. Comes with very extensive research files.   [jet]

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