US PATTERN 1864 INFANTRY CARTRIDGE BOX & SLING IDENTIFIED TO SOLDIER IN 2ND MASS. HEAVY ARTILLERY - POW, DIED OF DISEASE

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Item Code: 1052-107

Pattern 1864 US cartridge box in very good condition. The outer flap is boldly embossed “US” and also exhibits two cuts for a brass plate that was once attached. The latch-tab is stitched and riveted and remains whole and unbroken. The inner flap has a strong sub-inspector’s stamp “W.H. JONES” and retains both ears. The implement pouch is complete and good in every way. Both cartridge tins remain in place. The bottom of the box features the typical brass finial and both roller buckles. The belt and sling loops on the back are likewise in fine shape. All stitching remains strong.

The shoulder sling remains supple and is complete with attached Eagle Breast Plate. Sling shows some surface crazing and plenty of worm tracks on the underside. The sling is properly attached through the belt loops and roller buckles.

This underside the inner and outer cartridge box flaps exhibit stenciled and written identifications. The large flap has “Co. H. / M. Mulvey / 55” stenciled. In between the first and second line of stenciling is the name written in ink. On the underside of the small inner flap is the name in ink again.

Michael Mulvey was from Boston MA; an 18-year-old Teamster. He enlisted on 12/3/1863 as a Private into Company "H", 2nd Mass. Heavy Artillery. He was captured on 4/20/1864 at Plymouth, NC. “After a brave resistance Companies "G" and "H" at Plymouth, N. C., were made prisoners almost to a man on April 20 by a Confederate force under General Hoke, about 275 being carried into captivity, a very large majority of whom died in Confederate prisons.” These men were sent to Andersonville. Mulvey escaped on 1/30/1865. He was Mustered Out on 9/3/1865 at Wilmington, NC. Later admitted to Hick’s General Hospital in Baltimore with Dysentery contracted while in service. He died in that hospital on September 23, 1865.   [jet] [ph:L]

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