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Civil War U.S. Issue Haversack with Rice Bag – Id’d to Capt. R.R. Wallace of the 74th Ohio Inf. and 9th USC Heavy Artillery

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Civil War U.S. Issue Haversack with Rice Bag – Id’d to Capt. R.R. Wallace of the 74th Ohio Inf. and 9th USC Heavy Artillery – This fine example of an always rare issue haversack was carried by Capt. Russell Ross Wallace who initially enlisted as a private, then quickly was elevated to the rank of Sergeant and later commissioned at the rank of Captain, in the 74th Ohio Infantry; in the Fall of 1864, Captain Wallace became an officer, remaining at the rank of Captain, in the 9th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery. When we obtained this grouping, with the haversack was a unique “ditty bag” constructed of “tarred” (black painted) oil cloth; amazingly, still contained within this bag were several pieces of Civil War period hardtack, including a near whole piece, all in rather good condition, attesting to the rather unappealing longevity of this hard staple of the Union soldier. The haversack remains in overall very good condition, with some minor age cracking and creasing; the shoulder strap is completely intact, although, as with most of these haversacks, somewhat fragile. Although we have had some of these haversacks in years past, this example is the only one that we have had that still retains, in excellent condition, the original rice bag; this bag, constructed of a light weight cotton material, is buttoned or affixed to the interior of the haversack via four original, tinned iron buttons. We will supply the buyer with any and all of the research we have conducted on Capt. Wallace, as well as the complete provenance and “descent” of the haversack and ditty bag, through the family to today; this descent is completely and irrefutably documented.

 

Robert Ross Wallace

Residence was not listed; 25 years old.  Enlisted on 2/10/1862 as a Private.  On 2/10/1862 he mustered into “K” Co. OH 74th Infantry  He was discharged for promotion on 10/7/1864   Promotions: * Sergt 2/28/1862    Other Information: Member of GAR Post # 105 (T. Lyle Dickey) in Pontiac, IL died 8/13/1918  (Middle name Ross.)

74th OH Infantry
( 3-years )

Organized: on 10/1/61
Mustered Out: 7/10/65 at Louisville, KYOfficers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 2
Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 2
Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 51
Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 105
(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses)

 

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Apr ’62 Sep ’62 Unattached Army of Ohio
Sep ’62 Nov ’62 7 8 Army of Ohio
Nov ’62 Jan ’63 3 2 Centre, 14 Army of Cumberland
Jan ’63 Oct ’63 3 2 14 Dept and Army of Ohio and Cumberland
Oct ’63 Jun ’65 3 1 14 Dept and Army of Ohio and Cumberland
Jun ’65 Jul ’65 2 1 14 Dept and Army of Ohio and Cumberland Mustered Out

 

OHIO
SEVENTY-FOURTH INFANTRY
(Three Years)

      Seventy-fourth Infantry. – Cols., Granville Moody, Josiah  Given; Lieut.-Cols., Alexander Von Schrader, Robert P. Findley;  Majs., Alexander S. Ballard, Thomas C. Bell, Joseph Fisher,  Cornelius McGreevey.  This regiment was organized at Columbus,  Enon, Xenia, Hamilton and Cincinnati from Oct. 5, 1861 to March  27, 1862, to serve for three years.  It was ordered to the  field in April, 1862, reported at Nashville, and went into camp  near that city.  It spent the summer of 1862 performing de- tailed duty in Tennessee, went into the battle of Stone’s river  on Dec. 31, 1862, and remained in it until nightfall of Jan. 3,  being hotly engaged Dec. 31, and was one of the regiments se- lected to charge across the river on Jan. 2, against Brecken- ridge’s Confederate corps.  The regiment went into this battle  with 380 effective men, of whom it lost 109 in killed and  wounded, and 46 captured.  On the movement toward Chattanooga  in June, the regiment participated in the battles of Hoover’s  gap, Dug gap and Chickamauga.  It also participated in the bat- tles of Lookout mountain and Missionary ridge.  A majority of  the men re-enlisted as veteran volunteers and after the fur- lough home returned to the field in April, 1864, numbering 619  men.  At Buzzard Roost gap the regiment was specially engaged  and in an attempt to storm that stronghold, lost 16 men killed  and wounded.  At Resaca it lost 9 men killed and wounded.  At  Kennesaw mountain it had a most arduous and perilous duty to  perform, and for two weeks was under a constant fire of mus- ketry and shells.  It was also engaged at the Chattahoochee  river, Peachtree creek and in front of Atlanta.  At the battle  of Jonesboro it made three distinct charges and lost 14 killed  and 25 wounded.  The aggregate loss of the regiment in this  campaign was 18 killed and 88 wounded.  It moved with Sherman  through Georgia and up through the Carolinas, in which heavy  skirmishing was encountered at Averasboro, and at Bentonville  the last battle of the army was fought.  It was mustered out on  July 10, 1865.

 

 

Robert R. Wallace

Residence was not listed; Enlisted on 11/1/1864 at Nashville, TN as a Captain.  On 11/1/1864 he was commissioned into “C” Co. US CT 9th Heavy Artillery  (date and method of discharge not given)  (Estimated date of enlistment)

9th UC Heavy Artillery
( 3-years )

Organized: Nashville, TN on 11/1/64
Mustered Out: 5/5/65

 

UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS.
9th REGIMENT HEAVY ARTILLERY.

 Organized at Clarksville and Nashville, Tenn., October 8 to November 1, 1864.  Attached to District of Nashville, Dept. of the Cumberland, till May, 1865. Broken  up May 5, 1865.