This excavated whistle is believed to be constructed of pewter. Recovered along with other period Civil War relics from Culpeper County, VA, it measures approximately 1-7/8 in length and its shaft is 1/2 inch in diameter and appears to missing its end-cap opposite the mouth-piece end. I am not sure that this whistle dates to the Civill War period, however, whistles have been recovered in Civil War occupied areas and could have been used in troop movement or for musicians. Examples of other excavated whistle types are found in "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War Supplement One" by Stanley S. Phillips' on page 182 item 4, and, also in "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch on page 38 item 7. This whistle does not appear to have any repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War campsite or general relic collection.
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