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Model 1855 cartridge box constructed of black leather with interior protective flap and exterior flap with leather closure tab and brass ferrule on bottom; a leather implement pouch with flap closure; two leather straps on back for attachment to the equipment belt; two roller buckles on bottom for attachment to the shoulder belt; and a brass cartridge box plate with lead filled backing and two wire attachment loops secured to the box with a leather thong. One tin cartridge box liners (the other is missing) with upper compartment for loose cartridges (top containing two pieces of bar lead, one piece has a hole in it and is stamped with a '2' the other is bent and is stamped '7') and lower compartment for packages of cartridges. The cartridge box would have contained 40 .58 caliber cartridges for the rifle musket. William Walter Wright was born circa 1846 in Wisconsin. He was a son of William Wallace and Mary E. Wright. William Walter enlisted at Oshkosh on January 4, 1864. He was assigned to Company C, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and was wounded at Resaca, Georgia. William was transferred to the 3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry on June 8, 1865 and was mustered out on July 18, 1865. He provided his name as Walter W. Wright at the time of his transfer. Walter was married to Ida J. Peters. Walter was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh. He then provided that he had suffered a wound to his foot. Walter was listed in 1905 as residing at 58 Madison Street in Oshkosh. A newspaper article notes that Walter Wright became a patient at Northern State Hospital for the Insane on August 28, 1905 and was returned to that hospital. He had been released from there on parole about a year earlier. Walter had received a wound to his head while in the military and it was thought that it, plus the excessive heat of the day, caused his relapse.
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