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Civil War presentation walking stick signed Andersonville Stockade; image courtesy of James D. Julia, Inc. ;

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Cane; Civil War, Andersonville Prison, Presentation, Silver Cap, 1862.

An historic Civil War era walking stick. Silver headed stick, of tapered varnished wood that appears to be ash or hickory. The head is 2.25 inches long, that bells out to about 1.5" in diameter. It appears to be sterling silver and is beautifully engraved with floral and arabesque panels. The top of the head is inscribed "Dr/R.P. James/Of/Co. L. 6th Mich Cavalry/Aug 18. 1862/This stick is a relic/of Andersonville/Prison/Stockade". The stick also has a .5 inch silver band about 4 inches from the top and at the bottom is a long brass band with a screwed in iron tip. It is accompanied by a hand written note from the consignors Aunt Nina sending him photographs of "Uncle Robert James who had the cane made from stockade at Andersonville Prison". Also accompanied is a copy Robert P. James' service in the Civil war, some misc. pension petitions and a history of "Sheridan's Trevillian Raid of June 11, 1864".

James was under Custer's command and was captured with a large number of Custer's troops when they were overwhelmed while trying to seize a Confederate supply convoy. This action is where James was captured and ultimately transferred to Andersonville June 21, 1864 and paroled on November 26, 1864. He was hospitalized throughout the remainder of 1864 and until May 22, 1865 when he was mustered out. He subsequently became a dentist in Kalamazoo, MI and died in 1926 at the age of 92. Research discloses that James may have obtained this piece of the stockade wall when the prison was expanded to accommodate more prisoners and the prisoners were given the wood. ...[more information available via subscription]

p4A Item B167879
Category:  miscellaneous    Origin:  Georgia
Type:  canes, parasols & umbrellas    Year:  1862 - 1900

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