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Accession Number: 1918.42.1

Physical Description: Cylindrical tin cup with straight sides that flare from plain base to plain rim. Ear-shaped strap handle riveted to sides in two places. Tin is possibly galvanized.

History of Object: According to the accession ledger, this cup was used by the donor?s father during the Civil War. The father of donor Lena Pence was Hiram Underwood, born ca. 1836 in Indiana. Underwood enlisted as a Seventh Corporal in the 36th Iowa Infantry, D Company, on Sept. 6, 1862. He was promoted to Fifth Sergeant on March 8, 1864, and to Fourth Sergeant on June 17, 1865. Underwood was listed as a prisoner of war on April 25, 1864 at Marks' Mills, Arkansas. In the Battle of Marks' Mills, three-fourths of the 36th Iowa were captured or killed while escorting a wagon supply train. The captured men were held at Camp Ford in Tyler, Texas, and were repatriated a year later. Underwood was mustered out on August 24, 1865 at De Valls Bluff, Arkansas. By 1880 he had moved to Oskaloosa, Kansas, to farm with his wife Mahala Jane Mayers and their four children. The U.S. Army often issued mess chests, and the equipment issued to individual soldiers included a tin cup.

Date: Between 1861 and 1865

Dimensions (in cm): 6.00 (H) 12.00 (W) 10.25 (D)

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Camp Ford (Tex.)
    Individual: Underwood, Hiram
    Theme/topic: Prisoner of war
    Business / Organization: United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 36th (1862-1865)
    Use, Place of: Oskaloosa (Kan.)
    Business / Organization: 36th Iowa Infantry
    Use, Place of: Jefferson County (Kan.)
    Event: Marks' Mills, Battle of, Ark., 1864
    Event: Civil War, 1861-1865
    Event: Camden Expedition (1864)

Status: Cataloged

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