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
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
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
UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS.