Rare Small Size of Original Civil War Issue Shovel
Rare Small Size of Original Civil War Issue Shovel – We have had several of the U.S. issue Civil War shovels, but this is only the second of these smaller versions that we have had. This version is just a scaled down model of the typical, D-handled issue shovel, seen in many Civil War photographs. The shovel was completely forged, constructed and assembled by hand. The blade is attached to the handle via two V-shaped, forged and riveted segments; the V-shaped segments each extend to the wood of the shaft of the shovel. There are references to the issue and use of these smaller shovels during the Petersburg campaign, by Union soldiers. The shovel is in fine condition; it measures as follows: Length – 30.25”; Blade Length – 5.5”; Blade Width – 7.75”.