Keywords: Cartridge box
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Leather, metal, brass, paint
Contributed by: North Yarmouth Historical Society
Date: circa 1862
Location: Deep Bottom
Media: leather, bronze, tin
Grenville F. Sparrow of Portland was 25 when he answered Lincoln's call for more troops to fight the Confederates. He enlisted in Co. A of Maine's 17th Volunteer Infantry regiment. He fought in 30 battles between 1862 and the war's end in 1865.
For Mainers like many other people in both the North and the South, the Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, had a profound effect on their lives. Letters, artifacts, relics, and other items saved by participants at home and on the battlefield help illuminate the nature of the Civil War experience for Mainers.
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Inside the box were two tin liners which held cartridges—paper tubes filled with “Minié balls (bullets) and black powder.
His cartridge box contained 40 rounds, and an additional 60 rounds might be conveyed in the pocket if an extensive battle was anticipated.