Tin plate with painted landscape used by Union Army officer Newell Burch of Dunn County during the Civil War.
Burch, Newell, 1842-1908
9 1/4" diam.
Materials and techniques
Menomonie, Dunn County, Wisconsin
This tin plate was used by Union Army officer Newell Burch while in captivity during the Civil War. At some point after the war, an artist (possibly Burch himself) painted a landscape vignette on the front of the plate. A handwritten account of Burch's captivity is pasted to the back of the plate. It reads: "This tin plate is what I ate my breakfast dinner and supper on for nearly three years, 1862 to 1865 (when I could get any to eat). It was at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, was a prisoner with me from July 1/63 to April 21st 1865. Was 7 months on Belle Island, 13 months in Andersonville and a short time badly scattered, especially with Howard at Chancellorsville. ----N. Burch."
Newell Burch served as a corporal in the Union Army. He is said to be the longest-held Union prisoner of war, spending 661 days in Confederate prisons. Burch's Civil War diary is also part of the collections of the Dunn County Historical Society. A mimeographed copy is on file in the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
History of Northern Wisconsin (Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1881), p. 283
Dunn County Historical Society
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