Civil War Veteran Folk Art Carved "Shiloh Battlefield" Cane Identified to Ben K. Green

Folk art carved wooden cane, 36 in. lg., 1.5 in. ferrule, with United States and Confederate flags, "Shiloh Battle Field," "April [?] 1862," "Ben. K. Green, " and "Feb 14. 1898," all carved along cane shaft, and individual letters that spell out “Hornets Nest” carved into the knots of the wood. Some portions, including parts of flags, colored red. 

During the Battle of Shiloh, fought on April 6th and 7th, 1861, a section of Sunken Road, known as Hornet's Nest, became the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the battle, including eight failed Confederate attacks. The name was inspired by the sounds of multitudinous bullets continuously whizzing about the Union stronghold, a cacophony similar to that of a group of angry hornets. 


Some wear throughout and areas that are chipped, including April 1862 date (likely 6-7, the dates of the Battle of Shiloh).

Estimate: $200 - $300
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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