ID’d to Preston Moore of Co. C, a Black soldier in the Civil War.
Military material from the Civil War era and later is not commonly found for African Americans, but fortunately this porcelain canteen from his Grand Army of the Republic days has serviced.
The canteen is 8 1/4 inches high and the body of the canteen is 6 1/2 inches in diameter. The soldier’s name, and his complete unit designation is all painted on with gold lettering, as well as the metal parts of his embossed G.A.R. membership badge. The U.S. flag ribbon is hand painted and gold is used to highlight the strap guides, and spout rim.
Condition is quite sound on the front side, however the reverse shows a good deal of stress cracks; thankfully the canteen is still intact, not fragile enough were it can’t be handled. It appears that it was never repaired in anyway.
Preston Moore was 21 years of age when he enlisted as a private on May 4th, 1864 into Company C, 5th U.S.C.T., and mustered out on Sept. 20th, 1865. Most of there service was in the Petersburg Campaign and then ended the war in several engagements in North Carolina.
A scarce Civil War-G.A.R. item.