The evening of the first day's fight at the Battle of Shiloh, the Northern Army was
repulsed. Genl. Anderson's command opposed a part of Genl. Len Wallace's. They
dropped to the cover of their Gun Boats. Their tents &c fell into our hands, among the
rest, Genl. W.'s own tent, papers etc. & this pipe. The soldier who captured it gave it to
Genl. Anderson. It was to the end of the war quite a hit with Genl. A's Staff Officers.
An old red silk handkerchief was always kept in a convenient place and as soon as the
Genl. quit smoking one of the officers would rub it until it was cool in order to color it
properly. It was considered finely colored by its admirers. Gen. A. always used [?] it
until his death in 1872. In 1868 Gen. A. was planting in spring [?], the levys had been
destroyed by the enemy & there was a heavy overflow. He was going from his house to
the landing in a small skiff-his pipe fell from the stern into the water. It was at night &
he thought it was gone & the next day in going over the same ground he said this must be
about the place I dropt my pipe he put his hand down & sure enough found the pipe. Of
course its falling into the water had caused it to crack. He had a silver band put round it
hoping to preserve it & he did continue to use it until 1872 when it was laid away.
Several years after when opened it was found in the condition it now is. The coloring
could never be restored after the night in the water.
History of Patton's Pipe
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.