Model 1853/55 Knapsack and Model 1858 Canteen of Lemuel E. Elston, 124th New York Infantry, c. 1861-65, black painted canvas knapsack with leather straps, white painted marking on front L.E.E. CO. F/124 N.Y.S.V., and on inside L.E. ELSTON/PORT.JERVIS/124/CO. F/N.Y.S.V. N.Y, smoothside canteen with coarse brown cloth covering, marked in white paint on one side L.E.E./CO. F, and on the other CO. F./124.N.Y., pewter spout marked L.E.E. CO. F, with twill woven cotton sling.
Provenance: Sold to benefit the acquisition fund of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.
Note: Lemuel Elston was a member of the "Orange Blossoms" fighting in the battles of Manassas, Bull Run, and Gettysburg. He was captured and imprisoned at Andersonville, Georgia.
Knapsack has some minor tears, and leather is a little dry, canteen is missing its stopper.
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