Civil War Folk Art Cane Made of Wood from the Battle of Seven Pines
Pine piece with two branches coiled around, carved from a pine tree left partially standing after the Battle of Seven Pines, 36 in. ln. Inscribed near the top: Cut in the center of 7 Pines Battlefield where 15000 Soldiers were Killed May 31st + June 1st 1862. Battle fought by Lee + McClellan / J.E. Lyne, Guide.
James E. Lyne was a Confederate captain-turned-battlefield-tour-guide who apparently fought and survived the Battle of Seven Pines. A postcard published by Seven Pines Battlefield over 30 years after the war shows Captain James E. Lyne, identified as a "Veteran soldier, government and battlefield guide" standing in front of his relic shop, described as a "veritable storehouse of interesting mementos which he has been gathering for the past 35 years." Acquired by consignor from Skelly Oil Estate Cane Collection.
A 6 in. section of one of the coiled branches is broken off, 2/3 of the way to the bottom.