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G.I. Mix US army knife and pocket bible 52nd Mass.
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G.I. Mix mess knife and identified bible from a soldier in the 52nd Mass.
Mess gear is complicated by the fact that it was supplied by the recruiting services and thus shows up in a number of patterns that varied by state and federal contracts and even local sources. This style of knife shows up G.I. Mix marked sets of mess gear. Mix was in Connecticut, but his products show up in identified sets from different units and the NJ Adj. Gen report for 1865 shows an expenditure for goods from that firm. These plain knives were stamped from steel and simply coated with tin. They are made without any added slabs for the handle and show minimal delineation between the blade and handle portion. Stamped in small letters mid-way along it is "U.S. Army..." followed by a few other letters that are not decipherable other than what appears to be an "h" at the end.

This was preserved along with the soldier's pocket bible, which has a stencil reading "EJ" and "E.Janes" along with a small period pencil inscription reading "E.E. Janes."
This came out of an old collection and was identified as belonging to an E. Janes of the 51st Mass, but this was likely a simple mistake for Edwin E. Janes of the 52nd Mass. He was a resident of Easthampton, Mass., and enlisted on 4/8/62 as a private and mustered in 10/11/62 into Co. K 52nd Mass. He mustered out 8/14/63. He died in 1908. The 52nd was a nine-month regiment that served in the Army and Department of the Gulf and as part of Grover's Division took part in several expeditions in Louisiana, but most notable took part in the assault and siege of Port Hudson. It lost 1 officer and 10 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded during its service.

A very scarce piece of mess gear.
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