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Description Combination two-pice folding fork, spoon, knife: steel frame with steel knife blade on one half, steel two-tine fork (one tine broken) and german silver/nickel spoon on other half; two-piece wooden handle secured with brass pins, carved on one side, "Edward Owens" and "Batt C 1 Wi HA" (Battery C, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery). The two pieces slide together with interlocking knobs and slots. Carried by soldiers in their haversacks or knapsacks.

Edward C. Owens was born on March 18, 1846 at Montgomeryshire, North Wales. He was a son of Evan and Sarah (Morris) Owens. They emigrated to America in 1849 with their three children, John, Evan and Edward. They remained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a year. They then removed to Wisconsin and settled at Neenah, Winnebago County. In 1860 they moved to a farm in the town of Algoma, Winnebago County. Edward was reared on the family farm at Neenah and was educated in the common schools. He enlisted at Neenah on Sept. 17, 1863. He was assigned to Company C, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery and was mustered out on Nov. 30, 1865 at Madison, Wisconsin. Edward had contracted small pox while at St. Louis, Missouri. After the war he took a course at a commercial college and then taught school for two years. In 1869 he was engaged as a bookkeeper for an Oshkosh firm and remained in that position for five years. Edward then removed to Stevens Point, Portage County. There he was engaged in the milling business for four years. In spring of 1876 Edward was married to Clara W., daughter of D.L. Johnson. She died in spring of 1884 at age 28 years. They had one child who died in spring of 1878 at age eight months. Edward then spent a year in the Black Hills area of South Dakota before returning to Oshkosh. He was employed by R.C. McMillen & Company, where he was stationed at Mitchell, South Dakota and was placed in charge of the company lumber yard at that place. He again returned to Oshkosh in the fall of 1880 and was given charge of the yards for that company in this area. Edward was listed in 1883 at P.O. Oshkosh. He had been receiving a pension of $6 per month since June 1881 for verrucose veins in his left leg. He was listed as a member of GAR Post #10 at Oshkosh in 1888. Edward was listed in the veteran section of the 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. Emma B., his widow, was listed in 1905 as residing at 296 Elm Street in the city of Oshkosh.
Dimensions W-1.5 L-4.5 D-1 inches
Event Civil War
Year range to 1865
Made Naugatuck Knife Company
Material Steel/Brass/Wood/Nickel
Makers mark Naugatuck Knife Co./Army Knife Union
Object ID 413-6
Object Name Knife
People Owens, Edward C.
Used Owens, Edward C.
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