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by James Byron Brooks. Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th Vermont on September 12, 1861. Promoted to Captain on April 4th, 1864. The 4th was part of the famous Vermont Brigade of the Army of the Potomac, which suffered the highest casualty count of any brigade in the history of the U.S. Army. J Byron Brooks was severely wounded in the right forearm on the first day of the Battle of the Wilderness, and was discharged due to his injuries 3 months later. Brooks 6th Corps badge is hand crafted from an 1851 patent Goodyear rubber button. Brooks sanded down the face of the button and carved a 6th Corps cross, initials “JBB,” and “VT.” The ring is crafted out of burl wood and inlaid with a copper or brass 5 pointed star. Formerly part of the Marius Peladeau collection. This is a very unique and all natural caffeine pills
U5 1851 Artillery Driver’s Pattern Boots
Excellent pair of Civil War boots. These conform to the 1851 pattern boot for artillery drivers, with internal boot pulls and a slight, curved rise on the front top of the boot. One cloth pull on each boot is intact, another is mostly missing and one is torn. The leather is strong and supple with no flaking whatsoever, and the square toed soles are in great shape. The boots measure 10″ long and 13″ tall. Excellent displaying example of a genuine Civil War boot.
IM3 1/9th Plate Ruby Ambrotype Grouping, Company B, 11th New Hampshire Infantry
Seated ruby Ambrotype portrait in full leatherette case of an 11th NH soldier, wearing a 4 button sack coat with his issue shirt visible underneath. He is proudly displaying his forage cap with New Hampshire insignia. Clarity and detail are excellent, with finely done tinting on his cheeks. The image is housed in a wonderful patriotic mat with flags, cannon, and drum, with caption “The Union Now and Forever.” The accompanying 1/9th plate tintype in a half leatherette case came out of the same estate. Judging by the strong resemblance I believe this is a slightly post war image of the same individual, or possibly his father. The 11th New Hampshire Infantry was a hard fighting unit that served with the 9th Corps at Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Knoxville, The Overland Campaign, and Petersburg.
M7 US Officer’s Patent December 24, 1861 “Christmas Pattern” Spur
Scarce, non-excavated Union officer’s spur. Sometimes referred to as the “Christmas” spur due to the stamped patent date of December 24, 1861, which is visible on the inside of this spur. Nice condition with the original rowel and most of the gilt still remaining.
BUC2 Excavated US Eagle Breast Plate, Camp Turchin, Murfreesboro, TN
Eagle breast plate with missing loops on the back. The front has a fantastic, smooth green patina. Dug at Camp Turchin, Murfreesboro Tennessee in 1989.
BUC3 Excavated US Belt Buckle with Arrow Hooks, Cold Harbor, VA
US Buckle dug at Cold Harbor, Virginia. The face has some slick brown patina with patches of surface soiling. The lead back has a couple cracks but is sturdy. Old tape digger’s label on the reverse.
M5 US Infantry Horn Hat Insignia
Nice non-dug stamped brass insignia with both loops on the back.
M6 Civil War Period Drumsticks
Pair of Civil War era drumsticks in good condition. A local find from Maine.
M8 “Memorium” G.A.R. Ribbon ID’ d Emlis S. Tozier, 1st Maine Cavalry
Nice silk G.A.R. Memorium Ribbon from S.J. Oakes Post 121, Upper Stillwater, Maine. Owned by Emlis S. Tozier, who served in the 1st Maine Cavalry throughout the war. The ribbon comes with a copy of a 1923 article on him from the Maine Historical Society. Tozier was a charter member of the Oakes post, and became a circus clown and acrobat after the war.
M9 Handmade ID Disk, Sergeant John Mulvey, 12th Maine Infantry
Very unique, crudely made ID disk made from a hammered out pre-1864 fat Indian Head Cent (some details from the coin are still discernable.) The front has stamped “John Mulvey Co. C 12” and the reverse “Port Maine” for Portland. John Mulvey enlisted in the 12th Maine on November 1861. He was wounded and captured on September 9, 1862 at Ponchatoula LA, and later paroled. He reenlisted and was captured again on October 19, 1864 at Cedar Creek, VA.
M10 Civil War Era Shaving Cup
Good condition with a small pinhole on the bottom. Nice piece for a Civil War camp display.
L3 Relic Percussion Cap Box, found in a barn near Antietam
This cap box was found with several others in a barn near the Antietam battlefield. The leather is completely dry and the stitching holding the pouch together is gone, so the pouch is in 3 pieces. Interesting relic.
AR4 Gettysburg Shell Fragment, Recovered in the Culp’s Hill Area
Large section of a 12lb. shell. Recovered by a local digger on private land near the Culp’s Hill sector of the battlefield.
M11 Civil War Era Fife
Civil War period fife with small brass end caps and a nice, light colored maple or boxwood. Unmarked.
M12 US 1842 Musket Side Plate
Original 1842 Musket side plate. Good condition with light rust.
AR6 Shell Fragments from Second Manassas
Shell Fragments recovered from private land near the Unfinished Railroad at the Battle of 2nd Manassas, or 2nd Bull Run. Cleaned with electrolysis and coated.