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Valley Forge Cut - CHERRY WOOD CANE of Revolutionary War Maj. Gen. Lachlan McIntosh

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Another remnant of our fifty plus years of antique Americana meanderings and an affirmation of our tendency over the years to set personally identified items and things with specific historic interest aside as future research projects. This charming old Revolutionary War vintage cherry wood stick is a recent rediscovery from among such projects. The cane measures 35 ½ inches in length, offers good age commensurate with its history and sports a classic 18th century style 4 ½ inch tapered ferrule which remains solidly mounted despite expected shaft shrinkage. While a fragmented period label offers remnants of an early penned inscription the notation is not discernible leaving only an old museum or collection tag as evidence of the cane’s history (note red ink penned inventory number). Later than the earliest label yet showing age and originality, the secondary label reads: Gen. McIntosh Val. Forge 1778 No:86013
Revolutionary War, Scottish American military and political leader, Lachlan McIntosh was a delegate to the 1776 Provincial Congress. McIntosh was appointed Colonel of Georgia troops then, in September 1776, he was named Brigadier General of the Continental troops of Georgia. Personal and political animosity between McIntosh and another Georgia leader, signer of the Declaration of Independence Button Gwinnett, nearly brought McIntosh down when killed Gwinnett to a duel. While both men were wounded, when Button Gwinnett died of his wound his supporters charged Gen. McIntosh with murder and he was brought to trial. Though acquitted the incident so divided Georgia patriots that influential friends secured the transfer of General McIntosh to General Washington's headquarters, thus keeping the ranks of patriots united in Georgia. It was at the Valley Forge headquarters that Washington awarded command of North Carolina to General McIntosh. It was in this capacity that Gen. McIntosh was taken as a British prisoner May 12, 1780 not to be exchanged until February 9, 1782. Though his confinement as a prisoner of war resulted in lifelong health issues, after the war McIntosh was appointed a commissioner to the southern American Indian tribes and was part of the delegation that officially welcomed President George Washington to Georgia in 1791. Gen. McIntosh died in 1806 at age 80 and is buried in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia.
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