RAZOR & CASE ID’D TO 15th OHIO ANDERSONVILLE PRISONER

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Black cardboard case with raised lettering that reads “WADE A. BUTCHER  / SHEFFIELD” Case is in excellent condition with only light wear.

Razor is in excellent shape. Blade is marked “WADE A. BUTCHER” over “SHEFFIELD” and marked with a “B” in a circle, an arrow and a Maltese cross at bottom. Edge is good. Bone handle is in excellent condition.

With the razor is a letter that looks to date from the 1960’s or 70’s judging by the paper. It is written in pencil and reads;

“THIS WADE & BUTCHER RAZOR BELONGED TO MY GREAT GREAT UNCLE NATHANIEL WATSON (GREAT GRANDMA KERNER’S BROTHER) HE CARRIED IT IN THE CIVIL WAR, AND SMUGLED IT INTO THE ANDERSONVILLE PRISON IN THE BOTTOM OF HIS BOOT. THE PRIOSNERS USED IT TO CUT THEIR HAIR. HE WAS A PRISONER TOO. DON MATHAIS”

Item is from the collection of the late Jim Frasca who was a well-known Civil War dealer.

Research shows that only one Nathan Watson was imprisoned at Andersonville.

Nathan Steele Watson was born in Monroe County, Ohio on January 30, 1844.

He enlisted as a Private in Company F, 15th Ohio Infantry on September 6, 1861 and was promoted to Corporal on April 3, 1863. Watson saw action at Shiloh but was captured at Lawrenceburg, Kentucky on October 9, 1862 and was paroled and exchanged. The 15th next saw action at Stone’s River, Liberty Gap and Chickamauga where Watson was captured for the 2nd time and sent to Andersonville. He was mustered out on April 3, 1865.

After the war Watson moved to Missouri and then Kansas. He died Neodesha, Kansas on January 15, 1925 and is buried there in Grandview Cemetery.

His published obituary reads;

“Nathan Steele Watson died last Thursday night, January 15, 1925, at 8:30 o'clock at the age of 80 years, 11 months and 15 days at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Cooper. Death came as the result of a stroke of paralysis which Mr. Watson suffered three years ago last June. Mr. Watsons condition was becoming gradually weaker until he was taken suddenly worse Tuesday of last week, probably following a second stroke. He came to Neodesha twelve years ago with his wife and daughter and Mr. Cooper with whom Mr. and Mrs. Watson have made their home since their marriage. Nathaniel Steele Watson was born January 30, 1844, in Monroe County, Ohio. Enlisted for service in the Civil War September 6, 1861, Co. F, 15th Regiment of Ohio Infantry; was discharged April 3, 1865, at Columbus, Ohio. He was united in marriage to Miss Eva Shaw November 30, 1865. To this union were born ten children, three of whom died in infancy. Mr. Watson was converted and united with the Christian church in his early life. In the year of 1868, he with his wife came to Kansas, locating on a farm near Council Grove, Kansas. Mr. Watson was a good, kindly man and well-liked by all who knew him.”  [ad]

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