Massive wooden pipe bowl carved by Joseph Clark Letson, who enlisted in September 1862 as a captain in the 9-month 28th New Jersey Infantry. Letson Led Company C of the regiment in the Battle of Fredericksburg, where he was wounded in the arm but retained his command until the close of the action. He was so severely wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville as to incapacitate him from further service. His oversized pipe bowl measures 3 ¾” in height and 2 3/8” across the top. The bowl is skillfully carved in relief with a large patriotic shield and “DEC 13th FREDERICKSBURG / 1862 / CAPT LETSON / 28-REGT NJV / LITTLE CAP OF CO-C.” The bowl is burlwood and has a wonderful smooth finish and aged patina. An excellent folk art pipe by a wounded New Jersey officer.
Joseph C. Leston, Jr - Enlisted on 9/3/1862 as a Captain. On 9/22/1862 he was commissioned into "C" Co. NJ 28th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 7/6/1863 at Freehold, NJ.
Inventory Number: SCU 062