Identified 4th Texas Gardner Pattern Canteen, c. 1861-65, cedar canteen with iron bands, one side of the drum marked Co. I/J M Polk, and the other side marked TEXAS around a star with a 4th in the center, near the spout is a paper label marked Dahlgren Post No. 2, G.A.R./Memorial Hall,/E St. South Boston, with a partial cotton strap and iron roller buckle, dia. 7 3/8 in.
Note: J.M. Polk is listed as serving in the 4th Texas. He was wounded at Gaines Mill on June 27th, 1862, and again at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 20th, 1863. Among his records is a note with reads in part: "I know him to be a good & gallant soldier. He has always done his duty and is worthy of promotion."
In overall good condition with some light age consistent imperfections.
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