Identified Pistol Cartridge Box - Inventory Number: LEA 336
This leather ammunition pouch was carried by George Speddy of the 12th Ohio Cavalry and bears his name lightly incised on the outside of the box in period script. The interior of thew box bears a stenciled (spurious) identification to William A. Hatch of the 3rd Maine infantry which was likely added in the 1960’s in an attempt in adding value while missing that the box already possessed a correct identification on the flap. The box retains the original closure tab, finial and both belt loops. The box is in sound condition overall and would make a nice display.
Residence was not listed; 18 years old.
Enlisted on 11/9/1863 as a Private.
On 11/24/1863 he mustered into "K" Co. OH 12th Cavalry
He was Mustered Out on 11/14/1865 at Nashville, TN
OHIO TWELFTH CAVALRY (Three Years)
Twelfth Cavalry. - Col., Robert W. Ratliff; ; Lieut.-Cols., Robert H. Bentley, John F. Herrick; Majs., Miles J. Collier, Erastus C. Moderwell. This regiment, from the state at large, was organized at Camp Cleveland from Aug. 7 to Nov. 24, 1863, to serve for a term of three years. On Nov. 29 it moved to Louisville, then to Lexington and Mt. Sterling, and at the latter place was closely engaged with the Confederates in the following June, behaving with great gallantry and being especially complimented by Gen. Burbridge. It overtook Morgan at Cynthiana and fought with him, scattering his forces in every direction. In October it was engaged for half a day in hard fighting at Saltville, finally charging up a hill and driving the enemy from his works. It did its full share of duty under Gen. Stoneman, at Bristol, Abingdon and Marion; thence as support to Gen. Gillem in his pursuit of Vaughn; then back again to Marion, where Stoneman engaged Breckenridge for 40 hours, and finally defeated him. In December Saltville was captured and the forces returned to Kentucky, regimental headquarters being established at Richmond. In the spring of 1865, it again formed part of a raiding expedition under Gen. Stoneman, during which Salisbury, with its stores and the Federal prisoners confined there, fell into Union hands. The regiment was mustered out on Nov. 14, 1865, at Nashville, Tenn., in accordance with orders from the war department.
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Inventory Number: LEA 336