c. 1860 Civil War Era, Embossed Copper Personal Canteen with its Original Leather Strap, Attributed to the Confederate 11th Tennessee Cavalry (Holman's), Very Fine.Original Handcrafted Personal Civil War Period Copper Canteen, measuring 6” diameter and 1” thick. This Canteen has an embossed “V” in the center of one side, and has Handmade etchings which read, “11 CAV / Tenn”. That would apparently seem to attribute the original owner a member of the 11 Cavalry of Tennessee. Stopper lacking, its Leather Strap seems to be attached with an adhesive and by two small nail tacks at bottom and has a small metal ring, probably made in place to attach to the owner’s cavalry saddle. Some minor verdigris and overall wear from use having a natural copper patina with some scattered light greenish areas of oxidation reaction. This unusual personal use Confederate cavalry canteen has a nice solid appearance and is the first of this design type we have offered. Very rare and lacking in most Civil War military collections..
11th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Holman's)
The 11th Cavalry Regiment was organized in February, 1863, by consolidating Holman's and part of Douglass' Tennessee Cavalry Battalion plus other companies. It was assigned to Forrest's, Humes', J.B. Biffle's and Dibrell's Brigade. The regiment took an active part in the conflicts at Brentwood and Chickamauga, then was involved in the Atlanta Campaign and Hood's operations in Tennessee.
During January, 1865, it was consolidated with the 10th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment and in May contained 30 officers and 280 men. Serving in Alabama, it surrendered with the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. The field officers were Colonels James H. Edmondson and Daniel W. Holman, Lieutenant Colonel Jacob T. Martin, and Major Chatham Coffee.