Early Battlefield Pickup Set of M1859 McClellan Saddlebags


The Battle of the Crater


Early Battlefield Pickup Set of M1859 McClellan Saddlebags – This set of M1859 saddlebags are complete and essentially totally intact. They were picked up by a member of the Burgess family (owner’s of Burgess’ Mill – site of the 1865 Battle of Hatcher’s Run), in the 1880s. The Burgess family member found these bags, as well as several other items (including the other set of M1859 McClellan saddlebags and M1857 Pattern of 1862 U.S. cartridge box listed on the Perry Adams site), some 20 years after the Battles of Hatcher’s Run, the Crater and Five Forks. We obtained these incredible, leather battlefield pickup items, from a gentleman who purchased them directly from a Burgess descendant, several years ago. We are not sure, nor is the former owner, where these relics were found, other than somewhere on one of the aforementioned Petersburg campaign battlefields. In the many years we have been collecting and dealing in Civil War memorabilia, excavated and non-excavated, we have never happened upon such well-preserved sets of battlefield pickup, leather goods. This set of McClellan bags evidence many years of being outside, but are in overall, fair condition. Both bags remain, although the yoke is broken, and some pieces of the bags have detached, but also remaining. At the risk of using an oft-used descriptor – “if only these bags could speak.” These rare battlefield relics will be accompanied by a scan of the original letter, signed by the Burgess descendant, explaining where the relics were discovered, as well as a corroborative statement by the person who purchased the items from the Burgesses.


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