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These Civil War artifacts were recently donated to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. They were used by William S. Marshall a member of Battery A, 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery.

Born in Ireland, Marshall was 32 years old when he joined the unit and served with them in the defenses around Washington D.C. Marshall’s artifacts include the folding combination tool pictured onto which he carved his initials “W. S.M”. The brass object with an eagle engraved on the face is a “match safe” which held match sticks to keep them dry. On the right is a reunion medal for the 6th Pa. Heavy Artillery held in “Pittsburg” in 1908.

 

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