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  1. 1947 Interview with Corporal Julius Franklin "General" Howell (1846-1948) This is a fascinating and rare interview of an actual Confederate veteran, Julius Franklin Howell (1846-1948), who was born in Virginia in 1846, at the age of 16, in 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate Army to fight because the Federals were invading his home, as he himself stated quite clearly. He was a firm believer that the Confederacy did not fight for slavery, that he and his men were fighting to preserve State's Rights. He ended up in Company K of the 24th Virginia Cavalry, which was part of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, he served as a courier to Generals Roger Atkinson Pryor and Braxton Bragg. In this interview he recollects the Battle of Gettysburg and later battles, after the Evacuation of Richmond in April, 1865 he was part of General Ewell's forces when he was captured by Union forces at Sailor's Creek, he spent the next 3 months in Point Lookout POW camp. It was during his time at Point Lookout that learnt of Lincoln's assassination by John Wilkes Booth, the Confederate sympathiser from Maryland. After the war he returned home and became a well-regarded educator. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans, which is where he got his "General" nickname. At the time of his death in 1948, at the age of 102, he was said to have been the last survivor of General James Longstreet's Corps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfqIa4dDxrw
  2. This U.S. Army Cavalry device measures approx. 1" in diameter, two piece construction, reads U.S. TOB 35 with crossed Cavalry sabers. What is this? Thanks!
  3. The Swordsman badge was awarded in its original form from its inception on January 15, 1914, until September 1, 1922. In 1922, Change 5 to Army Regulation 600-35, (Specifications for the Uniform), altered the form of the Swordsman Badge from the previously distinct design to that of a suspended bar with the word "SWORD" across its face. The bar was provided with attachments so it could be hung from the basic qualification badge. Two grades of swordsman skill were authorized in the 1922 Regulation: Swordsman, and 1st Class Swordsman. The grade distinctions in the awards were indicated by the design of the basic badges, from which the "SWORD" bar was suspended. The Swordsman bar was suspended from a white metal badge of "a cross patee" while the 1st Class Swordsman bar was suspended from a white metal badge of "a cross patee, with the representation of a target placed on the center thereof." A third and higher class of swordsman achievement was created when AR 600-35 was republished on December 31, 1926. The new badge was titled "Expert Swordsman". It was also of the badge and suspended-bar design. The Expert Swordsman badge was made of white metal in the form of "a cross patee, with the representation of a target placed on the center thereof and encircled by a wreath." The bar was the same as that for the other two classes of the badge, the word "SWORD" appearing on the face of the piece. The designation of the intermediate badge, which had been called "1st Class Swordsman" under the 1922 Regulation Change was altered in the December 31, 1926 republication of AR 600-35. Under the new regulation this award was called "Excellent Swordsman". Its design, however, did remain as prescribed in the earlier regulation. Reference to all three Swordsman Badges was dropped from AR 600-35 in the November 10, 1941 publication. It would therefore seem apparent that a large number of the badges with "SWORD" bars should have been issued over the nineteen years issue was authorized. The earlier badge, (which is displayed above) is that of a pin displaying a sword and the word "SWORDSMAN", which was in use only eight years and not nearly on as wide a basis, would be of comparative rarity among the U.S. Army badges.
  4. Just thought that I would bring this Swordsman Badge post back to life again. The lower badge is an original, while the upper badge is a reproduction.
  5. Thanks for everyones feedback. This is getting tossed into the garbage.
  6. Here is a nice Indian Wars No.770 Campaign Medal. Unfortunately it's original owner is unknown as I do not have the roster list.
  7. Is it possible for you to zoom in on that patch so we can see it better? Thanks!
  8. This was an unauthorized para wing. Could also be a sweetheart piece.
  9. I have seen this patch before, just cannot remember what it is? ❓ Thanks in advance for the assist with the identification.
  10. The Beret Flash is from the 53rd Quartermaster Detachment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY (Airdrop Support) Aerial Delivery Units 1970s-1990s The 53rd was Inactivated or Re-designated. Not sure why the Master Para Wings are mounted on the flash, as it should have the unit crest or dui. The beret without looking at it closer is the maroon, Airborne color.
  11. $56.00 for the whole group is actually a good price in my opinion. You could probably flip these and Chevron collectors would grab them. All of them are in matched sets which is a plus.
  12. The Semper Fidelis 1816 is from the New Haven Grays Circa 1820-1860 During the War of 1812 with the British raiding along our coastlines, it was decided in New Haven to form a second company of Light Infantry to protect New Haven. On September 13, 1816 the New Haven Grays were formed from members of the New Haven Militia and new recruits. They elected Shapos Staples to be their commander. Their motto was "Semper Fidelis" as with with the Marine Corps. Until the Civil War their service was mainly to control local riots and Yale student-citizen troubles. In one case, a young woman form West Haven, died and was buried. The following day it was discovered that her body had been taken by some medical students at Yale Medical School for research. Armed with a small cannon and muskets, the outraged citizens marched on Yale. The mayor called out the Grays who quickly took control of the situation. The body was returned and peace was restored. Another incident occurred with the citizens of Fair Haven, a small fishing community in New Haven, the "Yalies" were chasing after the young women of Fair Haven, and the village fathers demanded it stopped, at a meeting it was decided to take steps to stop the "Yalies." Again armed with a small cannon and muskets they marched on Yale. The Grays were again called upon and peace and quiet were soon restored. They later served in the Civil War. The unit took part in 19 battles during the Civil War beginning with Bull Run, and at Gettysburg several monuments stand today in honor of those men and their deeds. They also served on the Mexican Border with Pershing, in WWI, WWII and Korea. They are still active today and are HHC 1st Battalion 102nd Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard.
  13. This is for the Post WWII US Army 42nd Military Police Company
  14. Thank you Kevin! Never knew there was an existing member ledger. What is the Snaix? I learn something new here every day!
  15. This Order of the Serpents was owned by 1st LT. Starkey, 32nd Michigan Infantry.
  16. Unfortunately this U.S. Army, Certificate of Merit Medal is not numbered.
  17. Nice original War Crimes patch. The outer black border represents the death of the millions of people caused by the Nazi Regime. The red area with the broken eagle into four parts represent the total destruction of the German empire by Allied forces by Russian, United States, France, United Kingdom. The gilt key with the swastika on the left side represents the Nazi's under lock and key, The scales represent the scales of justice and the area of blue represents Peace.
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