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  1. Thanks for the kind words katieony . It’s one of my favorites. Fraternally Yours. Mike
  2. Well done Cliff. Thanks for posting. Mike
  3. It looks civil war to me. Beyond that , I don’t have a clue. Fraternally Yours Mike
  4. The info I have on Crosses’ comes from Peter Bertram’s little grey book. It shows whitehead & hoag making 34,000 crosses between 1904 and when the program ended . ( 1959. ) I suspect the post war years saw small batch production to maintain a small inventory. But I could not find a specific answer to your question. If interested in crosses I recommend you get the above mentioned book. You can message me and I will give you info on where to get one. Fraternally Yours Mike
  5. Andrew, Frank and Mike thanks for commenting. I was very presently surprised when I got this badge . I’ve always been fascinated by Gettysburg and this badge was probably there at the climax of the battle. Thanks again guys. Fraternally Yours Mike
  6. DOUBLE WOW ! I didn’t notice it before. He’s wearing a “Cavalry walking horse I.D. Badge in one of the CDVs “ that is very rare. Again my compliments. Mike
  7. WOW ! Andrew that is one excellent grouping. You continue to turn up great items and groups , my compliments. Fraternally Yours. Mike
  8. I know exactly what you mean. The civil war identification devices bug bit me hard. Again let me compliment you on some very nice and I expect rare badges. Fraternally Yours. Mike
  9. I’ve never seen one of these. They are very nice and a great collection. My compliments and thank you very much for posting. Fraternally Yours. Mike
  10. Thanks Frank and Hink441 . I appreciate your comments. Mike
  11. Known as the “Irish Volunteers” their most famous battle was Gettysburg on the third day , 157 years ago today. Capt. McHugh was in command of Co.A . The Company’s line was on the right behind a low stone wall , in front of a “ Copse of Trees “ . On the right of their line , that wall did a 90 degree turn . This turn was known ever after as “The Angle”. This position was defended by 258 Irishmen from Philadelphia , that lost in two days at Gettysburg 141 men . That little group of trees was the point of concentration for Gen.Picketts charge and would be known as the “High Water Mark of the Confederacy “ . The stand these brave soldiers made in the face of overwhelming numbers has seldom been matched . I’ll let Frank Haskell on Gen.Gibbons staff and the unit history describe some of those events. After a long (some say 2 hour ) artillery barrage Frank Haskell recorded the advance of enemy . “To say that men grew pale and held their breath at what we and they there saw, would not be true . Might not six thousand men be brave and without shade of fear , and yet , before a hostile eighteen thousand , armed , and not five minutes’ march away , turn ashy white ? — None on that crest need now be told that the enemy is advancing. Every eye could see his legions , an overwhelming resistless tide , an ocean of armed men sweeping upon us. —— More than half a mile their line extends . The red flags wave , their horsemen gallop up and down the arms of eighteen thousand men, barrel and bayonet , gleam in the sun , a sloping forest of flashing steel. Right on they move as with one soul. All was orderly and still upon our crest ; no noise and no confusion “. At this point Cushing (Battery A 4th U.S.) runs his two remaining guns forward to the wall , coming in on Co. A’ flank . From the 69ths unit history . “ After Picketts lines crossed the Emmitsburg Pike , their direction was changed , marching obliquely to the left until they overlapped our line and “the angle “ . When within 20 or 30 paces of the wall the direct line of march was resumed and shortly after this our regiment recieved the command to fire. The fight now became desperate and destructive. For some reason the troops on the right of this regiment and between it and the angle abandoned their position . The rebel General Armistead precieving this passed through the ranks of his men and ran the gauntlet of fire of Co.A and I , he stepped over the wall and pushed towards the crest of the ridge he was followed in front of the abandoned part of the wall (Cushing destroyed guns) by his men imperiling our right and rear. The first three companies I , A , and F were ordered to change front and face these flankers. Co A and I did so , the commander of Co F being killed they failed to execute. This left a space on the left of Co A which the enemy poured thru taking many prisoners (16) “. The fight then became general . The position was secured when Gen. Webb brought the remainder of the Philadelphia Brigade into the hand to hand struggle. The 69th was one of a few units that remained at their position , not falling back to the crest of cemetery ridge during Picketts assault. John McHugh was commissioned Capt. on 5/1/1863 and captured on 6/22/1864 , he was mustered out on 7/1/1865 . Attached photos are the badge , flank marker at Gettysburg with the badge and officers at Gettysburg possibly McHugh wearing the badge.
  12. That has to be one of the most unusual enemy plane (I don’t know what to call it) knock down , can’t say it was shot down , l guess knock down is it , of the war. I herd a war story of an L4 (piper cub) out turning an ME109 and the 109 accelerated stall and crashed giving the L4 an enemy kill but never saw any convincing evidence of it. Any way that is a very cool piece of history. Was the vet involved with the ship or task force ? Thanks for posting. Got a big ole wow ! out of me Thanks again Mike
  13. I don’t recall specifically a painted UCV sword.I have seen canteens that were painted for UCV reunions and labeled to show the host city and year on one side and a military scene on the other. Some of these can bring a very handsome price.I’ve discussed this subject with some very knowledgeable dealers and they were of the opinion that both GAR and UCV decorated there hall’s with painted and unpainted relics. Another favorite decoration was , “War Logs “ being pieces of tree trunk embedded with shrapnel, canister cannon balls and bullets ,I’ve seen two of these labeled to GAR halls. Again let me compliment you on a very cool relic and thanks for posting. Mike
  14. That is a nice looking sword. It so cool to get the prized relics that were part of a veterans hall. The GAR and UCV both , I think painted various relics from artillery rounds to canteens to swords. I’ve owned an early Gettysburg battlefield pick up shenkyl projectile that was silver. There is a thread on here that talks about painted relics. Congratulations that is a cool sword. Fraternally yours Mike
  15. Hey Paul. Thank you very much for the kind comment. Fraternally Yours Mike
  16. Thanks GIKyle I appreciate your kind words. Fraternally yours. Mike
  17. Thanks Andrew. I now have all I.D.ed pieces except two badges. One Corps Badge and one Provost Guard.I’ll let you know if I see any disc I think you’ll like. Fraternally Yours Mike.
  18. Dan Sickles position on the second day at Gettysburg was in his mind , not tenable . Mr.Roses peach orchard and “The wheat-field “ with the high ground along the Emmitsburg Road looked to Old Dan to be a much better position. The problem was it was a much longer line and left his flank in the air and Little Round Top undefended . Three times he sent back for Gen.Meade to approve an advance to this high ground. Meade preoccupied with an anticipated attack on his right told Sickles to conform to his orders. Finally Gen.Meade unbent enough to send Gen.Hunt his chief of artillery to have a look. Hunt agreed the forward line was better ground but refused to order an advance. Instead he suggested a reconnaissance. Gen.Sickles ordered it done and when he received the report of confederates in force moving to his left. He felt here was Chancelorville all over again. He took the initiative and moved the Third Corps with Solomon Bristol and the 72nd New York (Excelsior Brigade) to the forward position. When Gen. Meade got word of this he immediately rode to see Gen.Sickles. Meade was “highly distressed “, to put it mildly and told Sickles to pull back. At that moment James Longstreet launched his attack. Gen.Meade rescinded his order and told Gen.Sickles “The Army will support you General, see to your men “ Longstreets attack decimated the third Corps. Solomon was wounded in the arm during this fight and was hospitalized for 5 months before returning to duty. This War of 1861 disc with battle honors and McClellan style suspension pin. List 9 battles from Yorktown thru Fredericksburg, Whtch seems to indicate it was purchased during 62 - 63 winter camp at Falmouth and was worn at Gettysburg. Wounded at Williamsburg and again at Gettysburg and a third time by a shell in February of 1864. He mustered out on June 15th 1864 completing a 3 year enlistment. This is the second time I have posted this badge. Doing so because I’ve received more records and information and to recognize his Gettysburg service on the 157th anniversary of the battle. This thick style broach is the only one of this style I’ve seen. Thanks for looking. Fraternally Yours Mike
  19. Today marks the 157th anniversary of the first days battle at Gettysburg. I wanted to bump this post as it’s my favorite Gettysburg disc and a reminder of the price paid by soldiers. I’ll bump a couple more of my Gettysburg pieces that coincide with a specific day of the battle. Fraternally yours Mike
  20. Thank you for sharing your wonderful collection. Mike
  21. Nice swords my compliments. Thanks for posting. Mike
  22. Welcome to the forum. I look forward to seeing your collection in future post. Mike
  23. Thanks for the kind words Frank and Beerdragon54. Each one has a story to tell . I’ve pulled their service and pension files , as you can see in the photo The pieces run the gamut from hero to deserter all are part of the bigger history of the war. Thanks again Fraternally Yours Mike
  24. Another very cool patch. Your making new ones shows us what one looked like when new. Great work thanks Johnny. Mike
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