Inscribed "Battle of Cold Harbor" Cane - Civil War Battlefield Soldier-Made Cane from Battle of Cold Harbor - Outstanding and original, ca1880's Battle of Cold Harbor Relic, Walking Stick made and sold by Confederate Civil War Captain turned Battlefield Guide James E. Lyne. This cane is made of wood taken from the "center of Cold Harbor Battle field where 20,000 soldiers were killed".
The Cane measures approx. 37" long overall and is fashioned from a tree limb, which has two, thin vine-like natural branches that grew out of the central shaft near the top. These flexible branches were coiled around the shaft at the center of the cane. There is a portion of the shaft near the top that has had the bark removed creating a vertical blank with hand written text that reads "Cut in the center of Cold Harbor Battle field where 20,000 Soldiers were Killed in 30 minutes June 3rd 1864 Battle fought by Lee & Grant. Guide J.E. Lyne".
During the Civil War James E. Lyne was a Confederate Captain who fought and survived the Battle of Seven Pines. After the War he became a very well known Battlefield Guide - he also owned a "Relic Shack" / Souvenir Stand near the Battlefield. There exists a postcard published by Seven Pines Battlefield over 30 years after the war which shows Captain James E. Lyne, identified as a "Veteran soldier, government and battlefield guide" standing in front of his relic shop, described as a "veritable storehouse of interesting mementos which he has been gathering for the past 35 years". (this Postcard is not included in this sale).
The entire cane is fashioned from a single piece of wood. Over and above the Folk Art qualities of this wonderful Relic Cane, it also represents a poignant Confederate Civil War Veteran’s tribute to those who fought valiantly at the Battle of Cold Harbor.
There are no “cartoonish” heads of Union Generals nor Encampment “Souvenir” carvings - just the quiet, respectful tribute to a Soldier’s respect and allegiance - an understated and sublime artifact that only one who experienced this war could truly would appreciate.
This wonderful, Civil War Battlefield Relic Cane is in very good condition with a beautiful warm and rich age patina. Overall this is a very attractive and moving Civil War Relic Cane.
Inventory Number: PER 027