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Rediscovered treasure. Civil War powder horn. Turkey caller.

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Here is what has been tucked away in my bookcase for years and years.  It is in a shadow box and had things sorta covering it.  I thought, "WOW!  I forgot this and it has real meaning after all these years!"

turkey caller civil war relic treasure rediscovered

Here is a close-up of what is in the frame.

turkey caller from civil war gift

And here is a closer close-up with the writing almost readable.  My daughter inherited this from her dad's family, her Aunt Roma Henry if I remember correctly.  She lived in Fort Smith and loved antiques.  Her name is at the top of the note card. Poor me.  I can't remember whether it was framed when given to my children or whether I framed it.  But it is special now.  It is enlarged below to be readable....mostly and maybe!

close up writing turkey caller civil war relic

Sounds as if the first item is a turkey caller that belonged to G. G. G. grandpa  Phillip P. Ward.  Ward was the maiden name of my daughter's grandmother.

Next she writes about the second item saying, "this was the measure for ? hand loading rifle"

The next notation is most important and sadly says, " Powder horn & charger carried by your Great, Great, Grand father in the civil war who died in hospital from wounds received at the battle at Pea ridge."  The third "grand" seems to be marked through.

It has certainly become more treasured over time.




Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

H Barbara=wow what a find and treasure. When we lived in Northern VA, we were intrigued by the Civil War artifacts we saw in the museums. 

May 15, 2024 06:01 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

It was amazing to rediscover it and know that it was not just a turkey caller.

May 16, 2024 05:55 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Amazing history.  I learned something new today.  I had no idea there was a double purpose for it.

May 16, 2024 06:43 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Barbara, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Clubgroup!  

May 16, 2024 06:44 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Myrl, thanks for the feature!!  

May 16, 2024 10:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

May 18, 2024 05:15 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

Thanks, Kathy!

May 19, 2024 06:05 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Barbara S. Duncan ,

Wow!! What a treasure you have uncovered. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I certainly learned something new today!

May 19, 2024 05:18 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wow that’s really cool . I remember that on a school Bus trip to Gettysburg that someone found an artifact !….

May 19, 2024 07:23 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow what an awesome treasure to rediscover, if it was not for Kathy Streib  I would have missed this great post and I also noticed we do not follow each other, that is corrected from my end now:)Endre

May 19, 2024 09:55 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

A great treasure to have that can be handed down from generation to generation.

May 20, 2024 07:17 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s always like looking into a history book and bringing it to life and you’re looking at stuff like that. That’s a great find!

May 20, 2024 07:01 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a valuable piece of history for your family!  Love seeing these items.  I recently connected with someone who had my Dad's same last name. I knew we had to be related.  When he told me his grandfather's last name I went ot FamilySearch.com.  From there I was able to locate his Great, great grandfather who happened to be the brother of one of my distant grandfathers.  It was so cool.  Maybe you can correct the history on FamilySearch.com?  My new-found distant cousin will be adding his history as well.  Our lineage on that site goes back to 1300!  Great post!

May 21, 2024 08:16 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

That is an interesting story.  I tried ancestry.com and found it too difficult to use.  Thanks for the comment.

May 22, 2024 05:12 AM