Old South Military Antiques

5th North Carolina Identified Canteen
Item #: OS-6692A

18 year old Private John R. Slade enlisted June 15, 1861, in Company I, 5th North Carolina Infantry. He was furloughed on August 30th, for disability. He was back with his company on December 2nd. The following year, in June of 1862, he was committed to the Richmond Confederate Hospital for paralysis; his release date is unknown.

In January, 1863 he is out again, disabled by Rheumatism, but in March he was detailed by "order of General Lee” to serve hospital duty and was assigned to the Danville, Virginia C.S.A. Hospital. In May he married his sweetheart Bettie McCain.

He served as honorably and faithfully in the hard years to come as any of his more health blessed comrades. The last surviving record is dated December 24, 1864. No more of his muster rolls survive, but he was placed on North Carolina’s Roll of Honor, so we know he served honorably through those dark days of 1865.

Private Slade’s name is written on his canteen’s face, its a bit hard to photograph, but can be clearly read.

The strap, with whipped eyelet is complete and strong, but is missing its original button. And the original spout is loose but complete and in place. The canteen is tight enough to hold water and the strap strong enough to carry it full of water, which tells you much about its condition.