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Confederate Dispatch Bag

Confederate Dispatch Bag

Catalog #: 35675    Accession #: 99695
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 6.5" H x 9.75" W x 1.5" D

Physical Description

Brown leather with embossed gold lettering reading Woodbury Wheeler, C. S. Army.

Specific History

Confederate dispatch bag belonging to Woodbury Wheeler. At age 19, Woodbury Wheeler entered the service of North Carolina and served four years with the Confederacy. Wheeler rose to the rank of Captain of the 10th Battalion of North Carolina Artillery. His battalion fought in the Battle of Bentonville on 19-21 March 1865. During the battle, the Confederacy mounted a tactical offense against the Union army. It would be their last . In the largest battle ever fought in North Carolina, the Confederacy made a valiant attempt to defeat the army of General William Sherman, but he was slowed only briefly. Captain Wheeler was taken prisoner at Bentonville and sent to Fort Sandusky in Ohio. He was later transferred to Governorís Island New York. After the war he was paroled and returned to North Carolina.

General History

A dispatch bag was a brief case or document bag generally containing orders or other sensitive information.


Country: United States
State: North Carolina
War: Civil War
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