Object Record

Object Name Kit, Mess
Catalog Number 1990.046.059
Description Confederate Captain James A. Cash's mess pan, used by 26th Tennessee regiment between October 1862 and October 1863. English made, this type of mess tin that was issued with the British S. Isaac and Campbell Knapsack and imported into the Confederacy. From there the mess tin was issued to a Confederate soldier. Evidence in Quartermaster returns indicate common issues of these mess "tins" or "buckets."

Information from the donor: James A. Cash enlisted July 5, 1861, for 12 months service, Company E of the 26th Tennessee. He was appointed Ordnance Sergeant and Post Master in the 26th Regiment Tennessee Volunteers, November 24, 1861. Promoted to captain October 13, 1862. Captured at Fort Donelson and Murfreesboro (Stone's River). Exchanged after Murfreesboro on April 24, 1863. Records of his capture and interment indicate he was interred at Camp Chase Ohio from January 15, 1863 to April 10, 1863. He was 30 years old at the time of his capture. He was 5' 11" with dark hair, fair complexion, and blue eyes.
Records indicate he was 'on recruiting service by order of General Brown, left October 25, 1863 - date and number of order not known. Cash tendered his resignation October 6, 1864, disapproved February 10, 1865.' He was originally from Rhea County.
Date 1862-1863
Dimensions H-4.38 W-6.38 D-4.38 inches
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Lexicon sub-category Food Processing T&E
Accession number 1990.046