Identified U.S. Grimsley Artillery Valise Saddle
Identified Civil War U.S. Grimsley Artillery Valise Saddle: The Grimsley artillery valise saddle was an essential aspect of the artillery hitch. The harness hooked to the valise saddle and also to the driver’s saddle. A diminutive version of the driver’s saddle, the valise saddle was not intended to be ridden; this saddle served to carry a valise which contained the personal belongings and tools of the driver. This valise saddle is in overall excellent condition, with some tearing and loss on the left side of the seat which could be readily repaired or restored. The leather elements of the saddle are in superior condition; all brass furniture remains and in equally fine condition. Of considerable import, is the white painted or stenciled original marking on the exterior of the cantle: “2 Ill. ART.” – indicating original use of this saddle by the 2nd Illinois Light Artillery. The 2nd Regiment, Illinois Light Artillery was organized at Peoria, Illinois, and mustered into State service May 23, 1861. It had duty in the District of Southeast Missouri, until July,1863. The Regiment mustered out on July 28, 1865. Batteries of the 2nd Illinois were engaged in many significant battles and campaigns in the war’s western theater, including: Shiloh, Vicksburg, Corinth, Missionary Ridge, Nashville, Kennesaw Mountain, Resaca, Atlanta and the March to the Sea. This is a rare saddle, with a highly significant provenance.