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M00474 - Ox yoke from the Confederate retreat route
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Item Number: M00474

Item Title: Ox yoke from the Confederate retreat route

Price: $225

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: US/CS




Location Recovered: Powhattan, VA

Description:9 or 10 years ago I went to an old farmstead in the Powhattan, Virigina area. Fred Schneider and some others had gotten a Confederate limber chest out of a barn there and told me that the fellow had other relics from the war. He sure did.

The Army of Northern Virginia had retreated this way in the final days. A shortage of mules caused them to dump and burn 100 or so wagons. They salvaged what they could, but left huge piles of stuff along the banks of the river there.

Over the years, local families picked up and re-purposed what they could. This family had a pile of tools, and also some Hanes and other harnesses as well as a 3 or 4 of these yokes. I only hauled the nicest one of them back home and this is it tucked in the back of the room where it is a challenge to photograph.

About 53" long best I can measure leaning over the things in its way. I had plans for this piece that never materialized. Anyway, I am assuming the oxen were devoured as these were sad and desperate times.