ID’d Vermont Artillery Valise
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Artillery Valise of Pvt. John Howard 2nd Vermont Light Artillery

Artillery Valise of Pvt. John Howard 2nd Vermont Light Artillery: The U.S. gunner’s artillery valise was placed on the Grimsley Artillery Valise saddle, on the off-horse of a six-horse team pulling the caisson, limber chest and field piece. Gunner’s carried their tools in these valises; very few of these essential artillery accoutrements survived the war, and this is a fine example of one of these rare valises. This valise, apparently a Vermont state issue, was made of tooled, russet brown, bridle leather and is in excellent condition. It has a coarse linen lining, within the implement pouch, and the usual iron staples for closure of the inner pouch flap. Missing are several straps, which is not unusual, as well as the two carrying straps on either end of the valise. The name “John Howard” clearly appears in three places, in original ink, on the valise. Howard also inked “Burlington, Vt.” on the inner flap, and there appears to be some sort of shipping label on one end of the valise. Howard enlisted in the Union Army in December of 1863, as a Private, and mustered into the 2nd Vermont Light Artillery in January of 1864. Howard was discharged for disability almost one year later. It is quite likely that he became ill when the 2nd Artillery was stationed in Louisiana at Port Hudson. This is a fine example of a rare artillery saddle valise. SOLD

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