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With the outbreak of hostilities in April of 1861, thousands of men would be called upon to leave the safety of their homes and go off to war. This would be a new experience; for many of these... More > “citizen soldiers” it would be the first time they were away from their home towns. These new recruits would not only have to fight their fellow Americans, in many cases they would be facing their own relatives on the battlefield. Some men would carry muskets, others revolvers. Some would be firing cannons, while others waving swords. But there was one thing they all had in common, both enlisted man and officer, they all carried canteens. There are over two hundred and seventy five photographs in the book, many were taken during the Civil War, along with numerous different types of original canteens, both Union and Confederate. This 80 page book will give the reader a rare opportunity to take a glimpse into the past to see what the soldier used and some of the battlefields he fought on.< Less
Battle of Gettysburg - The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs By Robert Jones
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The Battle of Gettysburg ended, but what was left behind, was unimaginable, 51,000 casualties (23,000 Union and 28,000 Confederate). Private residences took in and cared for these suffering soldiers.... More > Without these caring townspeople, the death rate would have increased tremendously. The soldiers realized that they were part of history in the making. As in any momentous event, the participants sought some kind of remembrance from the battle, something they could gaze at in their twilight years and reminisce about being part of such an historical event. Be it a button, a bullet, canteen, photograph, letter, or even a handful of the sacred soil…..just something. Collecting of these relics continued with the veterans, right up until today. The author has spent the last 20+ years acquiring and documenting these artifacts and has now included many of them in this book which was first released in 2008. Also included are the rare souvenirs, which now have become collectible in themselves. Over 700 photographs.< Less

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