C. S. Arsenal Baton Rouge Cartridge Box
The C. S. Arsenal Baton Rouge Cartridge Box has waist belt loops only. This box was based on the measurements for the U.S. pattern of March 1857. Roughly speaking, a .58 caliber box that is about one-half inch short. The cartridge bank is made of top quality leather, hand stitched with correct thread and stitched with the correct stitches per inch, all hardware is period correct of correct materials and design. It then has a period correct hand finish applied.
We were the first to reproduce these boxes, our copies were viewed by the owners of the original and judged first rate. I was told that Confederate made ammunition such as the .58 Gardner bullet fits perfectly in the tins. The cartridge box coms complete with the tins at no extra charge.
At the time Louisiana seceded from the Union on January 26, 1861, the United States Arsenal at Baton Rouge had been in the hands of state forces just over two weeks. By the Spring of 1861 the arsenal was under control of the Confederate government. Richard Lambert, Military Store Keeper, was in command and was assisted by Capt. J. C. Booth. The C. S. Arsenal likely remained in operation until the fall of Baton Rouge on May 28, 1862.