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Civil War Texas POW Carved Powder Horn Identified to Carl Rieger, 174th & 162nd New York Infantries, Captured at Pleasant Hill, LA.

Approx. 12 in. overall. Carved by the same hand as other horns extant from Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas. Four carved lines of lettering filling much of the center Carl Reiger / Prisoner of War. Tyler. Texas. / Captured at Pleasant Hill, La. / April 9’th, 1864. The reverse side of the horn is carved nicely with an open-winged flying American eagle over shield and panoply of American flags over a large design of female figure of liberty holding upright in left hand large American flag on a pole and in her right hand a sword with large American shield marked Liberty by her lower leg. On left side of her skirt the two-thirds view of an American man-of-war sailing vessel flying the US flag and on her left side a small American eagle with US shield on its breast over a ribbon emblazoned E Plurebus Unum [sic]. Other decorative flower and star motifs with wavy line decoration around the base of horn. Wooden base quite interesting with high relief floral-like design of multi-petalled plant or flower like design.

Carl Rieger was 21-years-old when he enlisted at New York City and mustered into Co. E, 174th New York Infantry, on November 6, 1862, with the rank of private. In February 1864 he transferred into Co. E of the 162nd New York, along with many others from the 174th, though the rolls of his new unit recorded his name as "Carl Reugar." At Pleasant Hill, 13 members of the unit were killed, 37 wounded, and Private Rieger and 49 others captured.  He was returned on May 27th of 1865, and discharged at New York on July 8th.

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