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Description Pattern 1858 oblate spheroid tin canteen with pewter spout (cork stopper with steel ring is missing) and three tin shoulder strap guides. The wool covering is missing and a piece of harness leather has been used to replace the original leather or cloth shoulder strap.

Private Walter Houston was born in Ireland in 1817. He was married to Betsey, who was born in New York in 1811. In 1860 they were living near Utica with another family at Fisk's Corners. He enlisted in Company D, 8th Wisconsin Infantry on February 29, 1864 as a recruit. He participated in the Red River Expedition, Battle of Chiot, the Pursuit of Price in Missouri, Battle of Nashville and the Battles around Mobile, Alabama. He mustered out on September 5, 1865. Betsey died Feb. 13, 1885 and Walter remarried to a woman named Ann. She was born in 1847 and died in 1908. He had two children; Mary J. Minckler and George A. Walter Houston is buried with his wives and children in the town of Omro at Minckler Cemetery.
Dimensions D-2.5 Dia-7.5 inches
Year Range from 1861
Event Civil War
Year range to 1865
Material Steel/Tin/Leather
Object ID 1579-5-T1
Object Name Canteen
People Houston, Walter
Used Houston, Walter
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