MODEL 1858 BULLSEYE CANTEEN WITH COVER AND SLING W/TAG ID'D TO PRIVATE IN 6TH PA HEAVY ARTILLERY

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Original Civil War Model 1858 corrugated-pattern tin canteen, often called the “Bullseye” pattern. The body consists of two circular sections of pressed-tin soldered together at the rim. The bullseye or corrugated pattern of concentric rings began in 1861 as an effort to increase the durability of the item.

Canteen body has a couple of dents. Wool cover is worn and there are patches of wool missing; a large piece missing in the center of one side. Pewter spout and strap brackets are intact. Spout has Philadelphia maker’s stamp (Hadden, Porter & Booth).  Shoulder sling has wear and some fraying but is unbroken and full length.

A tag on the sling relates a verbal identification to H.N. Walker of the 6th PA Heavy Artillery (212th PA Infantry). Born in Mercer County, PA on 8/13/42, Hugh N. Walker was 20 years old when he enlisted as a private on 7/1/63 in Co. G, 55th Pennsylvania Militia (30 day Emergency Regiment) at West Middlesex, PA.  Walker re-enlisted at age 22 on 9/2/64 as a Private in Battery M, 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. Mustered out on 6/13/65 at Fort Ethan Allen, VA.  The 6th PA HA was in the Army of Dept. of Washington, DC and was in the Defenses South of Potomac Division.  It saw duty in the forts around Washington for the most part; they were briefly on detached railroad guard duty on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad. [

Following the war Walker returned to Mercer County, PA where he was a farmer. He died there on 11/17/1934 at the age of 92 and is buried in Haywood Cemetery in West Middlesex, Mercer County.

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