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    Confederate Wood Drum Canteen - Inventory Number: CAN 064  / Sold

    Identified to A.H. Hilson 33rd Alabama Infantry

    Old museum tag with typed folklore:

    “This U.S. Canteen was used in the War of 1812. Procured by C.F. Fite, of Denver, Indiana”

    Carved on face is A.H. Hilson – C.S.A.

     Opposite side has A.H. Hil

    A H. Hilson:

    Enlisted as a Private (date unknown).

    He also had service in:

    "D" Co. AL 33rd Infantry



    The Thirty-third, organized at Pensacola, in April, 1862, was sent to Corinth soon after the battle of Shiloh.

    It took part in the Kentucky campaign at the capture of Munfordville, September 17th, and suffered heavy loss at Perryville, October 8th.  It was greatly distinguished at Murfreesboro, December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863.

    The brilliant record of the regiment was again established at Chickamauga, September 19th and 20th, where it lost 133 men.  The Eighteenth battalion, Major Gibson, had been attached to the regiment and amalgamated with it, so that henceforth their history is identical, and in this battle perished the gallant leader of the battalion.

    The roll of honor of the organization is a long and creditable one.  The regiment was at Lookout Mountain, November 24th, Missionary Ridge, November 25th, and Ringgold, November 27th.

    Worn, weary, many of the men barefooted, the regiment never lost its spirit, but fought on to the end with the same undaunted bravery.  It wintered in Dalton and took part in all the battles and skirmishes from there to Chattanooga, always in the front.

    Its gallant Colonel Adams was killed at Atlanta, July 22, 1864. 

    With Hood in Tennessee, the regiment lost heavily, its strength of 285 men being reduced to less than 80. The regiment was transferred to North Carolina and surrendered at Smithfield.

    Adjutant Stalworth died at Tupelo; Adjt. A. M. Moore and Capt.  William S. Sims were killed at Chickamauga; Capt. William E. Dodson at Kenesaw; Capt. J. D. McKee at Perryville; Capts. John C. Norman and W. E. Cooper in a railroad accident.

    Among the field officers were Col. Samuel Adams, killed at Atlanta, and Col. Robert Crittenden; Lieut.Cols. Daniel H. Horn, and James H. Dunklin, who was wounded at Chickamauga.

    Inventory Number: CAN 064 / Sold