Artifact of the Month

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John Stamm donated these bayonets in 2002 to the Society, which were given to him by Harvey Diehl.  Mr. Diehl had a contracting business and stored his tools in a barn in the parking lot behind Olympia Candy Kitchen.  Research showed that the Confederate Army used both of them; one made in Germany, and one made at the US Armory at Harper’s Ferry.

The curved one can be bent indicating that it passed through extreme heat.  Perhaps they were left in a building that was burned in July of 1864?

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