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Civil War POW Carved Powder Horn ID'd to Musician Wilhelm Tritz, 9th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas 1865

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Civil War POW Carved Powder Horn ID'd to Musician Wilhelm Tritz, 9th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas 1865.

 

Medium sized horn, very nicely curved with a well carved octagon shaped spout, wooden base, with the round fluted design and wooded knob plug at its extreme bottom, overall approx. 17 in. There are at least 3 known carved horns in this style suggesting that this was made by the same Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas carver.

 

The horn is neatly carved at center in large block letters in semi-circular panel, Wm Tritz Co. E. 9. W.V.I. (Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry), and in three lines below, also in large letters, Tyler / Texas / 1865. Lower half of horn below the inscription, comprised of an open winged American eagle with the letters "UNION' between ribbon and wing; "FOR" above beak and "EVER" between wing and ribbon; and shield over an even larger American shield with four crossed American flags on staffs with tassels over drum and cannon with smoke and projectile exiting the tube.

 

Reverse side of horn with a large figure of lady liberty holding large American flag (partly wrapped around her on a staff / pole). In her right hand, she holds a sword that is pointing downward toward a very large American shield at her lower leg and foot. To the right of lady liberty is a well executed infantry bugle insignia with tassels. The horn is also decorated with smaller floral / leaf / branch designs. Upper part of horn features a depiction of a stockade fence and a larger hinged wooden gate at center. On each side of that can be seen the head and shoulders of a soldier carrying a musket with a bayonet on his shoulder (obviously the guards of the prison) and below that fence, Camp Ford, is incised carved.

 

Wilhelm Tritz immigrated to the United States at the age of eight. At the time of his enlistment he resided in Racine, WI. Even though he was not an American citizen and under the legal age to fight, he enlisted in the United States Army on November 7, 1861. The 17-year-old served as a bugler for the 9th Wisconsin Infantry, Co. H, until transferred to Co. E on 1/1/64. He mustered out on July 22, 1865. He was listed as a POW at Newtonia, MO in September 1862 and at Jenkins Ferry in Arkansas in March 1864. Despite his service, he did not become a naturalized citizen until 1874.

 

Provenance: Estate of Norm Flayderman

 

Condition: Few nicks, scratches in surface of horn. Small crack along rim near wooden base, just below lady liberty's shield.

 

 

 

 

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