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    Civil War Axe Head?

    Found this large axe head at a Civil War battlefield site in South Louisiana a couple of days ago! There was a lot of built up Confederate entrenchments in the area but also years of sugarcane farming! Would love to hear from the experts of a way of dating certain shapes and sizes of axe heads! Saw a couple of online carts but hard to tell the difference between each one without being a "axe man"! I know it's NOT a artillery shell or cannonball but love to figure out a little history of this recent find! Thanks for any and all help!

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    The mud was so thick, it stuck to the axe head like cement!

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    After a light cleaning but before electrolysis!

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ID:	1650186 nice find.
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    From what I can dig up the Federal Issue Axe of the period looks like the "Baltimore Kentucky" or the "Jersey" from the above diagram. A polled head with lips (flat back and those cheeks on either side of the hole that give additional wood contact for support).

    The Confederates were less formal in what equipment was used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie P. (NY) View Post

    The Confederates were less formal in what equipment was used.
    lol thats one way of putting it. More like they had to scrape together anything they could, including clothing. Most items brought by the soldiers themselves.

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    Nice find. Congrats

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    Nice find looks like the real deal!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tpmetal View Post
    lol thats one way of putting it. More like they had to scrape together anything they could, including clothing. Most items brought by the soldiers themselves.
    Sorry to hijack this thread, but this statement is a popular myth. Early in the war, many Confederate units wore commutation system jackets as well as captured Federal uniforms, but from 1864 onward, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had a standard uniform supplied by the CSA.

    By 1864, the Confederacy had established enough infrastructure to have decent supply depots and supply line logistics (Western theater is the exception). This is evidenced by photographs of Confederate soldiers, killed in action or as prisoners, in the vicinity of Petersburg (Spring 1865) and surviving examples of uniforms. Close scrutiny of photos shows soldiers well clothed in jackets, vests, trousers, and even new shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tpmetal View Post
    lol thats one way of putting it. More like they had to scrape together anything they could, including clothing. Most items brought by the soldiers themselves.
    Actually, by the end of the second year of the war, the Confederate States began doing a pretty good job of distributing uniforms to their people. You had many patterns being produced in Richmond, Columbus Georgia, even in Ireland. They kept good records when those uniforms were being handed out, too. Not so much with shoes, or hardware like axes. They definitely had to make due with what they brought with them, found, or "requisitioned".

 

 

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