The canteen has the initials of the soldier on the spout "ADH" scratched into the spout on one side and the initials "AH" scored into the other side of the spout. The model 1858 canteen was standard issue for Federal soldiers. They were issued with a wool; covering, now missing from this example. The cork with chain and cotton sling are typical of the era. Photographic evidence indicates that Confederate soldiers also used canteens of this style captured from Federal soldiers.
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