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Date: between 1861 and 1865
Kidney-shaped metal filter canteen dating from the Civil War. Sergeant William W. Dimond used this canteen during his service with Co. G of the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry. Dimond had this canteen with him when he was injured at Malvern Hill, Virginia. He was discharged in 1863 and eventually moved to Downs, Kansas.


Date: between 1861 and 1864
Wooden drum canteen, taken by Union Captain John C. Collins from a Confederate soldier during the Battle at Laurel Creek, West Virginia, on February 15th, 1864. Collins commanded the 14th Kentucky Infantry's companies B, H, and G during this battle. The inscribed initials SAA are probably those of the soldier who originally owned this canteen. After the war, Collins moved to Richland, Kansas, with his wife. They farmed and had nine children.

Girl Scout canteen

Girl Scout canteen
Date: between 1950 and 1959
Circular-shaped aluminum canteen with a cotton fabric cover. This canteen was used at Camp Daisy Hindman, a Girl Scout camp that operated south of Dover, Kansas, from 1929 to 2017.

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