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- Id’d Confederate Tin Drum Canteen – John Herley (Hurley, Herly) – Capt. Daniel Shank’s Co., Horse Artillery and Capt. Shoemaker’s Co., Horse Artillery (Beauregard Rifles) Lynchburg, Va.
Id’d Confederate Tin Drum Canteen – John Herley (Hurley, Herly) – Capt. Daniel Shank’s Co., Horse Artillery and Capt. Shoemaker’s Co., Horse Artillery (Beauregard Rifles) Lynchburg, Va.
Id’d Confederate Tin Drum Canteen – John Herley (Hurley, Herly) – Capt. Daniel Shank’s Co., Horse Artillery and Capt. Shoemaker’s Co., Horse Artillery (Beauregard Rifles) Lynchburg, Va. – This diminutive, early war, tin drum canteen, possibly a pre-war, militia issue, is clearly painted, in old, white paint, on one side:
Painted black, the canteen is convex on one side and flat on the other. There are three sling guides, soldered to the sides of the canteen, through which a significant portion of the original leather sling remains. The crudely, soldered-seamed, tin mouthpiece remains in place, stoppered by an old cork that appears to be the original stopper. The canteen remains in overall, very good condition, exhibiting some dings from field use. The black paint, typical of Confederate use, remains in very good condition, as well. John Herley (spelled in multiple ways in the various records and associated research) enlisted as a private, in May of 1861, in Lynchburg, into the Virginia Light Artillery, also known, in the period, as Capt. Daniel Shank’s Co., Horse Artillery, Capt. Shoemaker’s Co., Horse Artillery (Beauregard Rifles, the Lynchburg Beauregards). Herley had a rather interesting military career – serving throughout the majority of the war – he was reduced in rank, then reinstated for meritorious service, wounded at Culpeper Courthouse, and ultimately paroled, at the end of the war, at Lynchburg, in May, 1865. His regiment saw service, for most of the war, in the Army of Northern Virginia; they would see considerable action during the Seven Days Campaign and at Second Manassas, Harper’s Ferry, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Brandy Station and the Siege of Petersburg. This is a fine example of an identified Confederate, battle carried canteen.
Measurements: Diameter – approx. 5”; Width – 2.5”
|Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 5/10/1861 at Lynchburg, VA as a 3rd Corpl.
He was listed as:
* Wounded 10/11/1863 Culpeper Court House, VA
* Returned 8/15/1864 (place not stated) (Estimated day)
* Paroled 4/13/1865 Lynchburg, VA
* Priv (Often reduced,but reinstated for gallantry.)
* 4th Sergt 8/15/1861
* 3rd Sergt 8/15/1864
He also had service in:
Lynchburg VA Light Artillery Battery
|Organized: Campbell County, VA on 4/19/61
Mustered Out: 4/9/65
|Jul ’61||Apr ’62||Artillery||Dept of Norfolk|
|Jun ’62||Jul ’62||Mahone’s||Huger’s/R.H. Anderson’s||Army of Northern Virginia|
|Jul ’62||Sep ’62||Mahone’s||R.H. Anderson’s||1st||Army of Northern Virginia|
|Dec ’62||Sep ’63||Horse Artillery||Cavalry||Army of Northern Virginia|
|Sep ’63||May ’64||Horse Artillery||Cavalry||Army of Northern Virginia|
|Sep ’64||Mar ’65||Horse Artillery||Rosser’s||Valley District||Dept of Northern Virginia|
|Mar ’65||Apr ’65||Breathed’s||Horse Artillery||Cavalry||Army of Northern Virginia|
Lynchburg Beauregard Rifles (Virginia) Artillery
|April 19||Organized at Lynchburg as a Zouave company for one year under the command of Captain Marcellus Newton Moorman (VMI Class of 1856).|
|May 16||Enlisted for one years service.|
|July||Equipped as artillery and assigned to Artillery Battalion, Department of Norfolk.|
|April||Reorganized for the duration of the war.|
|June-July||Assigned to MahSone’s Brigade, Huger’s-R.H. Anderson’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|June 25-July 1||Seven Days Battles
The battery lost five casualties.
|July 1||Malvern Hill|
|July||Assigned to Saunders’ Artillery Battalion, R.H. Anderson’s Division, Longstreet’s Command, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|August 28-30||Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run)|
|September 12-15||Harpers Ferry|
|September 17||Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)
Captain Moorman commanded the battery, which was equipped with two 10-pounder Parrott Rifles and one other unidentified piece. One of the Parrotts was damaged.
From the marker to Saunders Artillery Battalion that was at one time (currently missing) in the battlefield:
Between 9 and 10 A.M. of the 17th, the four Batteries of this Battalion, under command of Captain Carey F. Grimes, went into position on this ridge in support of the Infantry engaged on the high ground northeast. Grimes’ (Virginia) Battery was on the immediate right of the pike, Moorman’s (Virginia) Battery, on Grimes’ right and between it and Piper’s Stone Barn, Huger’s (Virginia) Battery was immediately west of the pike, and Donaldsonville (Louisiana) Artillery (Maurin’s Battery) on Huger’s left, on the rising ground 140 to 170 yards northwest of this. The Battalion was subjected to heavy fire of Federal Artillery and musketry; Captain Grimes was mortally wounded about 60 yards east of this by a musket ball, many men and horses were killed and wounded, some of the guns were disabled and the Battalion was withdrawn toward Sharpsburg by Major John S. Saunders who was not present when it went into action.
Later in the day parts of the command assisted in checking the advance of the Ninth Corps on Sharpsburg.
|October 4||Personnel from the disbanded Portsmouth Light Artillery transferred in.|
|November||Converted to horse artillery and assigned to Horse Artillery Battalion, Cavalry Division, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|December 4||Port Royal|
|December 13||Battle of Fredericksburg|
|April 14-15||Rappahannock Bridge|
|May 1-4||Battle of Chancellorsville|
|June 9||Battle of Brandy Station|
|July 1-3||Battle of Gettysburg
The battery brought 112 men to the battle but was not engaged.
|July 6-10||Funkstown and Boonesborough|
|September-May||Assigned to Horse Artillery Battalion, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|April 15||Captain Moorman was promoted to major and given command of an artillery battaion i the Second Corps. Captain John J. Shoemaker took over command of the battery.|
|June 15||Siege of Petersburg|
|September||Assigned to Horse Artillery Battalion, Rosser’s Cavalry Division, Valley District, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|March||Assigned to Breathed’s Battalion, Horse Artillery, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|April 9||Disbanded at Lynchburg.|
Shoemaker’s Company, Virginia Horse Artillery (Beauregard Rifles) (Confederate)
Shoemaker’s Company, Virginia Horse Artillery (Beauregard Rifles) (Confederate)
Shoemaker’s Company, Virginia Horse Artillery (Beauregard Rifles) (Confederate)[also called Lynchburg Horse Artillery or Beauregard’s Rifles] was organized at Lynchburg, Virginia, in April, 1861. The unit was assigned to J.S. Saunder’s, J. Pelham’s, R.F. Beckham’s, and J. Breathed’s Battalion, Army of Northern Virginia. It was disbanded at Lynchburg on April 9, 1865. Its commanders were Captains Marcellus N. Moorman and John J. Shoemaker.
Shoemaker’s Company, Virginia Horse Artillery (Beauregard Rifles) (Lynchburg Beauregards)
Moorman’s-Shoemaker’s Battery [also called Lynchburg Horse Artillery or Bearegard’s Rifles] was organized at Lynchburg, Virginia, in April, 1861. The unit was assigne to J.S. Saunder’s, J. Pelham’s, R.F. Beckham’s, and J. Breathed’s Battalion, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought in many conflicts from the Seven Days’ Battles to Cold Harbor, moved with Early to the Shenandoah Valley, and took part in the Appomattox Campaign. This company sustained 5 casualties during the Seven Days’ Battles, took 112 effectives to Gettysburg but was not engaged, and disbanded at Lynchburg on April 9, 1865. Its commanders were Captains Macellus N. Moorman and John J. Shoemaker.
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