This lot consisted of two intricately carved period canes. The first is a very thin and very dark-brown (almost black) specimen that is inscribed on its German Silver top, "Uncle Dan, from Jac". On the body of the cane in three separate panels, the words "GENERAL" - "D.W." - "BURKE" are neatly inlayed with silver wire. Daniel Webster Burke, a young man of just 17 mustered into Company E of the 2nd U.S. Infantry in October of 1858.
During the Civil War, the 2nd Infantry fought in the early Battle of Wilson's Creek (where Burke was wounded) in Missouri and the first Battle of Bull Run. He was again listed as wounded at Gaines Mill. The regiment was assigned to the Army of the Potomac and fought in engagements such as Manassas, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, where Burke is once again listed as "wounded". He was given the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism and valor at Shepherdstown Ford in 1862 and breveted Captain and Major for gallant and meritorious services at Gettysburg. The 2nd later saw action at Spotsylvania, Wilderness, Mine Run and Cold Harbor.