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  1. Story of the capture of the 150th Pennsylvania flag at Gettysburg: https://npsgnmp.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/jeff-davis-joseph-gutelius-and-the-flag-of-the-150th-pennsylvania/ Important letter which was recently put up for auction: http://www.hcaauctions.com/Signed_by_4_Confederate_Generals_Pertaining_to_a_C-LOT49359.aspx Autographed endorsements on a Confederate letter, 1p. quarto, Head Quarters Ramseur's Brigade, July 13, 1863, addressed to Major Taylor, Robert E. Lee's AAG, that reads in part: "I have the honor to forward the accompanying flag of the 150th Penn. Volunteers, with the following statement of the circumstances under which it was captured. Upon the advance of my Brigade into the town of Gettysburg, on the 1st inst. my sharpshooters encountered and with other assistance disposed the above mentioned Regiment. Lieut. F. M. Harvey 14th N.C. I, who commanded the Corps with his own hands wrested the flag from the color bearer of the Regiment and was shortly thereafter mortally wounded. It was the dying request of this gallant and heroic officer that the flag should in his name be bequeathed to the President" This fine letter is endorsed on the verso by: "S.D. Ramseur Brig. Genl. Hagerstown July 13, 1863." Stephen Dodson RAMSEUR (1837-1864) was four times wounded in the Civil War the last one being fatal and resulted in his capture at Cedar Creek, Virginia.Endorsement Signed by "R.E. Rodes Maj. Genl." that reads "Letter accompanying Stand of Colors captured in the town of Gettysburg by Lt. Harnay, who was mortally wounded and desired the Colors to be presented to the President in his name. Hd Qrs. Rodes Division, July 13, 1863. Robert Emmett RODES, (1829-1864) Graduated from VMI. Four times wounded in the Civil War that last being a fatal wound when he was struck in the back of the head by a shell fragment at Chancellorsville.Autograph Endorsement Signed "Hd. Qrs. 2nd Army Corps July 13, 1863 Respectfully forwarded R.S. Ewell Lt. Gl." Richard Stoddert EWELL (1817-1872) Confederate lieutenant general who fought in the war from Bull Run to Appomattox, he lost a leg Groveton and was strapped in his saddle to lead his men into Pennsylvania and at Gettysburg. Autograph Endorsement Signed "Hd. Qrs 2nd Army 13 July 1863. Res. For. with the Stand of Colors For Genl. R.E. Lee W.H. Taylor A.A.G." Walter Herron Taylor (1838-1916) VMI grad. Lt. Col. who Robert E. Lee's ADC and AAG for most of the war.Autograph Endorsement Signed, "Respectfully submitted to His Excellency The President H.L. Clay A.A.G." Hugh Lawson CLAY (1823-1890) attended University of Alabama and Virginia. AAG to Gen. E.K. Smith, Heath, and Samuel Cooper.
  2. 464th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion.
  3. Legendary Ed Bearss is no longer able to lead tours. He would love to get letters from those touched by his dedication to history. https://civil-war-picket.blogspot.com/2020/01/legendary-ed-bearss-is-no-longer-able.html
  4. Mort: Your mailbox is full and I am trying to send you a message. Thank you.
  5. 307th Engineer Battalion flag up for auction: https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/wwii-us-37th-engineers-embroidered-guideon-flag-A444F8CA3B?rfa=true
  6. https://www.soc.mil/ARSOF_History/articles/v2n3_det_101_page_1.html Late in the war, Detachment 101 adopted the insignia above. This was a locally-made patch worn by Technical Sergeant Fifth Class Samuel Spector.
  7. Has there been any reference material published on the Mexican War Veteran Shields?
  8. irish could you please post a photo of the backside? Thank you.
  9. Return it. With all the faking, restoring, altering and reproducing that is taking place in the collecting community today, the chain of ownership is extremely important. It's a major part of the provenance. I know of major historical groups in private collections which aren't how they originally were. Keep in mind unscrupulous people have faked provenance, documentation and capture papers. Send it back.
  10. Does your book include theatre made DUI's?
  11. Identities unknown, studio portraits taken in Vietnam, subdued 1st Cavalry Division and 4th Division SSI being worn.
  12. Identity of soldier unknown, studio portrait taken in Vietnam, subdued 1st Cavalry Division SSI with colored AIRBORNE tab. Perhaps a member of the 1st/8th Cavalry 'Jumping Mustangs'.
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