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Blakeslee Cartridge Box
Erastus Blakeslee

Content Description: 

The Blakeslee cartridge box was designed by Erastus Blakeslee of the 1st Connecticut Volunteer Cavalry. He received U.S. patent number 45,469 for the cartridge box on December 20, 1864. It was made in three different sizes of wood and covered with leather. One type could hold up to six metal tubes filled with seven metallic Spencer cartridges, while others could hold ten or thirteen tubes. With this cartridge box, a soldier could quickly load his Spencer carbine or rifle by taking a tube out of the box and pouring the seven cartridges into the butt of the firearm.

Physical Description: 

Material: Wood, Leather.
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