Civil War model 1858 “smooth side” canteen carried by Ralph H. Philhower, who enlisted as a private in the 15th New Jersey Infantry in August 1862. In late November of that year on the march to Fredericksburg, Philhower suffered frostbite on his left foot that resulted in the amputation of two toes. He contracted typhoid pneumonia, bronchitis, and rheumatism, and was discharged for disability in February 1862 from Finlay Hospital in Washington, DC. The canteen is complete with stopper, chain, brown jean cover, and sling, which has been looped ionto a knot as was common for canteens carried in the field. In good overall condition with honest evidence of use. The canteen comes with a wealth of military and pension document photocopies regarding Philhower’s service and injuries. A fine Civil War canteen for any collection.
Inventory Number: CAN 129