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William Kean Richmond Howitzers Handkerchief


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This handkerchief is so much of a piece of Civil War history that its presence will bring the smell of gunpowder and woodsmoke....During the battle of Gettysburg, William Kean, of 1st Company, Richmond Howitzers, gave his handkerchief to Pvt. William Pritchard Smith after Smith received a severe leg wound. The handkerchief was then used as a tourniquet to arrest the flow of blood from Smith’s leg. Smith was subsequently captured and imprisoned, but kept the handkerchief and it was later donated to the Museum of the Confederacy, where it is now housed. Our reproduction is a faithful replica of this handkerchief, made of 100% cotton and measures 24x20. See the description below of the 1st Company, Richmond Howitzer’s actions during the battle:

"on July 1 they were encamped within a few miles of Gettysburg. The battery moved up with the division on the 2nd, and the rifle section commenced firing about 4:00 p.m., with the Napoleon section in reserve nearby. Two hundred rounds were fired, and both sections were exposed to the heaviest artillery fire they had ever experienced. Seven men were wounded, and the battery lost thirteen horses. The battery went into position on the morning of the 3rd, about 350 yards in advance of the skirmishers; and, firing twenty rounds succeeded in driving back a Federal advance. At 1:30 p.m. the battery, which had moved to another location, opened up in the general artillery fire preceeding Pickett’s assault. Both sections of the battery were engaged during the day. One of the rifles was disabled when a wheel was shot away, and a caisson had to be abandoned when its team was killed. The company lost two men killed and two wounded. Ten horses were killed on the 3rd. During July 2 and 3 the rifle section fired about 600 rounds, and the two Napoleons expended 264 rounds."

Also, numerous references to William "Billy" Kean can be found in Robert Stiles Four Years with Marse Robert.   Stiles was a messmate of Kean's before his promotion and mentions him frequently in his memoirs.

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  1. A Bully Handkerchief 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Dec 2014

    Boys this is a dandy repro handkerchief with outstanding provenance. Don't wait to order and wish you had...

  2. Awesome look and feel! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Dec 2014

    I love this "hanky"! You can feel the quality and the look is spot on! I will be collecting the whole set offered by South Union Mills...

  3. Richmond Howitzer Handkerchief 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Oct 2014

    Excellent product!

  4. Richmond Howitzers Handkerchief 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2014

    Was very impressed with the Richmond Howitzer handkerchief and the customer service I received. Outstanding Chris!

  5. Richmond Howitzer Handkerchief 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Sep 2014

    Chris has added another outstanding Handkerchief to his product line. I have everyone of the handkerchiefs ( a couple of the Galloway styles ) offered and I will say they are all a marvelous piece of work! I use mine everyday, as these are too nice for just a living history or reenactment. The Richmond Howitzer model is a beautiful color combination and a little larger than the previous styles. Keep up the great work Chris!

  6. Another neat product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Sep 2014

    I have each of Chris' reproduction handkerchiefs and have been happy with the quality of each one. Nice authentic handkerchiefs were definitely needed for the CW reenactment community.

  7. New Handkerchief 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Sep 2014

    Chris, this new Richmond Howitzers handkerchief is beautiful! The colors and pattern is by far the best you have made available. I use all my handkerchiefs all the time. These are too nice just to use at a Civil War event!

  8. Exceeded my high expectations! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2014

    I consider myself fortunate to own such a fine reproduction Civil War era handkerchief.

  9. Great! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Sep 2014

    Great reproduction. I feel like I just bought a piece of history.

  10. Great product! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Sep 2014

    I can't say enough about this handkerchief. I have all three styles and this is my favorite. I don't consider myself a stitch counter, per se, but I do like my kit to be as authentic as possible. To be able to add a repro handkerchief that is this close to the original in appearance is fantastic.

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