Civil War Folk Art Cane Identified to W.H. Barrow, 18th Tennessee Regiment, CSA
Hand-carved wooden cane, 42.5 in. ln., no ferrule; with 8-sided section below handle featuring W.H. Barrow/ Co. K. 18 Tenn Reg't C.S.A. in relief on 2 sides; with spiral carved in relief around bottom.
W.H. Barrow enlisted on June 1, 1861 as a private and was mustered into Co. K, 18th Tennessee Infantry, which was organized at Camp Trousdale under Col. Joseph Palmer. The 18th TN was sent to Bowling Green, KY, then to Fort Donelson in February 1862, whereupon almost the entire regiment and brigade surrendered to the Federal forces under the command of Gen. Grant. The 18th TN was sent to prison at Camp Butler, IL, but was exchanged at Vicksburg in September 1862 and reorganized at Jackson, MS.
The regiment went on to fight at Chickamauga and in the Atlanta Campaign, including the siege of Atlanta. It was involved in Hood's invasion of Tennessee, but did not arrive in time for the Battle of Franklin. Following its surrender in Greensboro, NC, the 18th TN was paroled on May 1, 1865. The date of Pvt. Barrow's discharge from the regiment is unknown.
Typical surface wear to cane, with scattered scratches, nicks, heavier wear on the handle and near the bottom of the cane.