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    Camden, South Carolina USA
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    Wartime Collectables offers militaria from the American Revolution to Desert Storm.
    Collecting American Civil War.

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  1. Thanks! I've had that group for years and is pretty much the kick start to my interest in the Civil War!
  2. In October of 1862, 13 year old William B. Caton watched as Captain Lewis Merrill's Cavalry Regiment passed his farm in Sturgeon, Missouri. He followed the enthralling cavalry men to join. Capt. Merrill told him he could stay IF he could learn to play the bugle. He did and became a Private & Bugler in Company E, the 2nd Missouri Cavalry, known as "Merrill’s Horse" Bugler Caton served with the regiment until he mustered out Sept. 19, 1865 Capt. Lewis Merritt cavalry regiment served in the field against Confederate guerrilla's in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee, then into Georgia before mustering out. William Caton, still a youth at the wars end, became a notable figure at Veterans Reunions after the war. In July of 1938 he attended the 75th Gettysburg Reunion accompanied by his son, named after his wartime commander. His group includes wartime CdV's in uniform, self inscribed on the reverse. There is an inscribed GAR badge and importantly his Federally awarded, boxed and 75th Gettysburg Reunion Attendees badge as well as his son's Attendants badge.
  3. This is why I collect named items. So fascinating to put a man behind the badge and to learn of his wartime service. Excellent work Mike! Of course now you have me wanting to add a disc to my collection!!!
  4. Reads Made by Ames Mfg. Co Chicopee/Mass "GKC" on the pommell is the inspector stamp for George K. Charter. Love these old Cavalry swords. The last true war horse swords! Thanks for sharing!
  5. Wow! Thanks for all the interest! http://www.wartimecollectables.com/militaria-for-sale.html
  6. LoL! If have to be starving! But remember, my birthday is in November! I see several that would look great on my shelf!
  7. Excellent, thanks for sharing. No family in the 11th but most of my kin were Illinois boys.
  8. Not unusual to see misspellings, and with English ie and German ei being swapped it's understandable.
  9. Thanks! Wish I could keep it all but putting 'Civil War' on the shelf keeps me broke enough!
  10. Legion of Merit Commander grade awarded to Dr. General Hans Speidel. Army of the Federal Republic of Germany and former Wehrmacht General. During WWII Hans Speidel held commands on both the Eastern and Western. In April 1944 he was chief of staff to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel when he played a role in the conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Post war he joined the Bundeswehr becoming it's first Four Star General. General Speidel, commanded NATO land forces in Central Europe from 1957 to 1963. He was recipient of both the Knights Cross and the Legion of Merit. GENERAL ORDERS: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 12 (April 11, 1961) CITATION: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit, in the Degree of Commander to General Dr. Hans Speidel, Army of the Federal Republic of Germany, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States, from April 1957 to January 1961.
  11. Impressive! That's only the third named Commander I've seen!
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