VERY NICE PAINTED TIN BOX IDENTIFIED TO 57TH PENNSYLVANIA MAJOR DISCHARGED FOR WOUNDS

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Item Code: 2022-652

Heavy tin box meas. approx. 18.25 long x 8.25 wide x 6.25 inches high. The whole box is painted a dark green with each panel outlined in gold paint. Attached to the top center of the lid is a very nice brass handle.

Just under the handle and off to the right is painted “S. C. SIMONTON” over 57TH REGT. P. V.” This is done in white paint surrounded with decorative swirls. Lid has a fold down clasp at front.

Paint is 95% intact with minor scratches and rub marks scattered throughout. Lid operates properly, hinges are good. ID is worn some but very readable.

Samuel Clark Simonton was born on April 29, 1822 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was employed as a canal superintendent when he was commissioned captain of Company B, 57th Pennsylvania Infantry on September 16, 1861. He was promoted major on June 1, 1862.

While Simonton was with the 57th it served as part of the 3rd Corps of the Army of the Potomac. They saw action at Fair Oaks, Charles City Crossroad, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run and Fredericksburg. Major Simonton was discharged for wounds on January 17, 1863. Unfortunately, no date or location is given for his wounding.

After the war Simonton served as Justice of the Peace, as a burgess, a school director and was also a member of several civic organizations. His obituary says that he was a lifelong Democrat and ran for the state assembly.

Samuel Simonton died at his home in Clarksville on April 20, 1897 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Clark, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

With the box are a few pages of research including a Xerox copy of a wartime photo and a Xerox of a photo taken later in life. Both photos were taken from the net.  [ad] [ph:L]

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