San Jancinto Museum of History

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  • HATCHET

  • CATEGORY: T&E FOR MATERIALS
  • MEASUREMENTS: 6 3/4"L (blade) x 12 3/4"L (handle)
  • DATE MADE:

Description

Hatchet, 4 1/2" blade with imprint, near hammer head: "J.M. VICAR/ CAST STEEL". Blade has two nail pullers and a hammer head; blade is riveted (two copper rivets) to hickory handle.


Provenance

From receipt of gift: "The hatched was taken off the Federal ship "Harriet Lane" by John Byron Walker, Petty Officer on the "Bayou City," when the Federal ship was captured by the Confederate forces in the [B]attle of Galveston, January 1, 1863. Information about the ship was located at the Handbook of Texas Online. The ship, named after the niece of President Buchanan, was built in 1857 "for service as a revenue cutter for the United States Treasury Department." On October 4, 1862 the Harriet Lane was part of a squadron that brought Galveston under union control. On January 1, 1863, the Confederates launched a land and sea attack on Galveston. The Harriet Lane was attacked by Confederate sharpshooters and was boarded by armed Confederates. Five of her crew were killed, and the survivors were taken prisoner. The ship "met her end in a gale off Pernambuco, Brazil, on May 13, 1884." John Byron Walker, according to information provided by the donor (his granddaughter) and recorded in the deed of gift: "was born in the vicinity of San Jacinto Battleground was was his daughter, Lillie Emma Walker (born May 19, 1867, died March 10, 1916 in Los Angeles). Lillie Walker married C.C. Alderton on October 15, 1884 in Galveston, Texas, and they are the parents of the donor...born August 5, 1888. [The donor] was married to C.W. Krumbholz, September 23, 1912, widowed May 18, 1951 and married Harold O. Pollard at Frenso, California, July 8, 1954. Mrs. O.A. Walker III, 5438 Valkeith, Houston, Texas, 77035, is the great grandson of John Byron Walker."

  • ASSOCIATED INDIVIDUAL: Walker, John Byron
  • CREDIT LINE: Pollard, Hepzebah Elizabeth Alderton (Mrs. Harold O.)


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