BEAUTIFUL ANTIETAM PRESENTATION CANE

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The presentation is relief carved in raised letters in three spirals winding downward on the cane. The first is in a swallowtail banner reading, “T.F. OVERINGTON. PHIL.” underneath which, in smaller letters is “FROM DR. H.B.W.” A second spiral starts under that, reading, “CUT OFF ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD NOVE. 1876. BATTLE FOUGHT IN MARYLAND SEPT. 17TH 1862.” Below that a final spiral panel reads, “GENS. MANSFIELD, RODMAN, RICHARDSON, STARKE, AND BRANCH KILLED.”

The condition, color, finish, and carving are all excellent. The work is finely done and the branch has just enough unevenness to the surface to remind one it is a branch. As a souvenir these canes were something tangible from the battlefield and likely a symbol of renewal as well as a reminder to a veteran of his battle experience. The listing of both Union and Confederate generals killed in the battle is interesting. That it omits the appalling casualties among lesser ranks is equally so. Overington might be Thomas Overington, who had served in the 9th Pennsylvania, a thirty-day regiment called up in the Antietam Campaign. If “Dr. H.B.W.” was a veteran visiting a familiar battlefield, we might look for him among Pennsylvania surgeons on the field.  [SR] [ph:L]

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