Confederate flat-sided Gardner-Pattern Canteen, possibly constructed of kiln dried cherry, cedar and/or Southern pine, and strap iron, 2.5 in. deep, 7.375 in. dia. The Gardner pattern canteen was universal in the Confederate Army having seen extensive use in both the ANV and the Army of Tennessee. The Gardner was originally the product of the Richmond Arsenal (from late 1861 early 1862) and was also made by the Montgomery and Selma Arsenals. This example bears a contemporaneous incised identification to the only so named soldier in the Confederate Army having the initials I and M - Isaac Middleton Byram. He served as a private in Co. D, 28th Alabama Infantry.
The 28th Regiment formed in Shelby Springs, AL in March of 1862 and had men from Perry, Marshall, Jefferson, Walker and Dallas Counties. It subsequently moved to Corinth and suffered losses for camp diseases. The unit fought at Munfordville, KY, and later joined the Army of Tennessee. The regiment fought from Murfreesboro to Atlanta and was with General Hood in Tennessee, suffering 105 casualties at Murfreesboro. It also fought at Lookout Mountain and took 172 casualties.
Private Byram, Co. D., 28th Alabama, was captured at Missionary Ridge November 24, 1863. Byram was possibly allowed to retain this canteen in captivity, or more likely, it went home as a war souvenir with some unknown Federal soldier who picked it up or "liberated" it from Byram.
Byram was confined at Rock Island, IL until exchanged. He took his Oath of Allegiance at Talladega, AL on May 24, 1865.
Missing the cloth (cotton) and leather carrying strap. Lacking wooden spout.
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