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    30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry: Capt. William W. Reilly Artifact Group comprised of one blood-stained vest, small pocket revolver, captain's shoulder straps, small metal matchbox, and two books.

    Dark gray silk double-breasted 12-button vest.
    Three exterior pockets. White linen liner. Brown linen back. Single interior pocket. Ink-inscribed inside at the top: W.W.REILLY ESQ. Condition: About good showing moderate wear. Well-preserved yet fragile. Retaining 5 of the original buttons. Scattered dark stains to lower half.

    Smith & Wesson Model Number One, 2nd Issue Pocket Revolver.
    Serial no. 90304 (butt and inside right grip panel), .22 caliber, 3 3/16-inch barrel, 7-shot non-fluted cylinder. Cylinder with patent marking: APR 3, 1855 and JULY 5, 1859. Blued barrel. Silver-plated frame. Varnished rosewood grips. Manufactured 1860-1868. Condition: Very good. Barrel and cylinder with a mostly smooth, slightly mottled brown patina with scattered dents and scratches. Frame retains approximately 30-40% original silver finish with a nice dark oxidized patina. High points showing original brass with a mellow patina. Grips fine with generous amounts of original varnish. Numerous dents to butt partially obscuring serial number. Action crisp. Cylinder does not lock up.

    Very Nice Set of Post Civil War Captain's Metallic Should Straps.
    A single false embroidered border and complimentary stamped-brass bars set upon a blue field and measuring approximately 1 3/4-inches x 4-inches. The dark-blue wool underlay with a later repair. Scattered age wear overall.

    With a painted, metal matchbox and two books: Reilly's personal copy of Home Views of the Picturesque & Beautiful. Cincinnati: Poe & Hitchcock, 1863. 8vo, x; 280 pages. Illustrated with 68 plates of engravings. Blind- and gilt stamped leather over boards with titles in gilt on the spine. On the inside of the front board is found a gilt stamped leather presentation label to "Captain W. W. Reilly, from W. M'K.H." Boards are worn and spine is cracked. Title page is detached. [and:] Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866. Volume III. Cincinnati: The Ohio Valley Pub. & Mfg. Co., 1886. 8vo, 782 pages. Publisher's leather binding. This book provides complete lists of members of the 21st through 36th Ohio Infantry regiments. Spine covering is removed and front and rear boards are detached; textblock remains tight.

    William Wallace Reilly (1825-1896), a veteran of the Mexican War (he served with the New Jersey Battalion), enlisted in the Union Army on August 2, 1861, and was commissioned a captain in Co. "A," 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, twelve days later. He was wounded during the Battle of Carnifex Ferry and, due to failing health, resigned his commission on December 20, 1861. He re-enlisted in May 1864 as captain of Co. "G," 141st Ohio Infantry, and served with them until the regiment mustered out in September of the same year.


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    December, 2014
    12th Friday
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