Summer Auction 2019 Sale 76
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/31/2019
Pair of small wood relics cut from an exposed beam at the notorious "Shiloh Church" at the center of the Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7 1862. The wood pieces measure 2 1/4" x 1/2" x 1/8" and 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/8" respectively, and appear to be oak. They are accompanied by a note of provenance written in pencil in a period hand upon a Union patriotic envelope. It reads: "Wood cut from church house at Battlefield of Shilo [sic] as troops went by." From a prominent Georgia collector. At the outset of the battle, this small log meetinghouse served as the headquarters of Union Gen. William T. Sherman, and the bulk of the Union forces were bivouacked in the vicinity. It was captured by Confederate forces under Gen. P.T. Beauregard, and much of his artillery was massed there. The original church building was destroyed in the fighting, at which time these souvenirs were most likely taken. A replica was constructed on the battlefield by the Tennessee Sons of Confederate Veterans in 2003.
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $140.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $286.00
Estimate: $300 - $400
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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