Ancient relics of history have always captivated me.
When we chased a large bull through blowdown, swamps, boulder fields and everything in between, @danny.bragg
spotted this unique C. LEDIARD ST. LOUIS 6 sided bottle by a creek in one of the knee deep swamps we chased a screamer of a bull through. After getting tired of carrying it around, he gave it to me, which I gladly accepted.
After some research, this “extremely rare” bottle was produced in the 1860’s as “bitter” medicine for civil war soldiers. Bitters claimed to be miracle cures composed of exotic herbs to battle the number one killer of the Civil War, disease. Since most bitters were composed of about 50% whiskey, the medicine likely had no benefit to the soldiers other than a good buzz.
From what I can gather this bottle is worth anywhere from $1500 to $3000. Danny told me “if it’s worth a lot of money, I want it back.” So I will likely return it to him if he wishes but the money value means nothing to me. What I value is something I can look at and remember that day, when we unknowingly snuck inside 20 yards on that bull in the thickest timber I’ve ever been in and he bugled so loudly, it startled all of us. It’s something tangible that can take me back to that day of chasing a monster bull with my two best pals.
I look at this bottle and think “how did it get here?” Along with countless other questions where my mind can wander into the distant past, getting lost for hours. In many ways, this bottle is quite the trophy.
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