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William Kean Richmond Howitzers Handkerchief

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Original William Kean Handkerchief

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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  • 5

    Posted by Joseph Lorentzson on 1st Mar 2019

    Just received my handkerchief and it true to the original that I saw several years ago at the museum in Richmond, VA. Thanks for doing a GREAT JOB with your products and delivery time.

  • 5
    Functional and correct!

    Posted by Unknown on 29th Sep 2018

    This item is a constant reminder of history when one needs a handkerchief. Worthwhile investment!

  • 5
    Splendid Hanky

    Posted by C.A. Prieto on 3rd May 2016

    Very great pattern on this one. A friend recommend I check out the handkerchiefs here and am very happy.

  • 5
    A must have!

    Posted by Lee Gordon on 7th Feb 2016

    Another great item from South Union Mills. I can't wait to take this into the field. This company goes far beyond just providing top notch products. Their customer service is second to none. One note, DO remember to follow their suggestion to use cold water to "set" the colors before use.

  • 5
    Great level of authenticity

    Posted by Andrew on 12th Jan 2016

    Thanks to South Union Mills for giving us a chance to maintain authenticity right down to the pocket handkerchief level. Note that this one takes some extra soaking in cold water before it stops bleeding.

  • 5
    Money well spent!!!

    Posted by James on 1st Apr 2015

    Spot on, well worth the money. Have never seen any better. +5 for these makers!!!

  • 5
    Dandy handkerchief!

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Mar 2015

    This handkerchief is a real beauty, a very cool addition to your impression.

  • 5
    beautiful hankerchief

    Posted by Unknown on 17th Feb 2015

    beautiful hankerchief - my husband loves it - thanks for sending so quickly too.

  • 5

    Posted by Denis on 11th Jan 2015

    Great handkerchief for your impression!!!

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