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    A Very Rare Regulation Federal Shelter Half Belonging to Union Lieutenant Charles E. Reed. Charles Reed enlisted in the Union Army on August 26, 1862, and on September 14 was mustered into Co. G, 148th New York Infantry, as a private. One week later he was promoted to corporal. By war's end, Reed had reached the rank of 1st lieutenant. He mustered out of Federal service on June 22, 1865, and returned home to New York.

    This lot features an extremely rare Federal regulation shelter half. Of all the indispensable equipment issued to the Union soldier, none is as difficult to find today as the common canvas shelter half. Essentially half a "pup tent," they were designed so that two could be buttoned together to provide two soldiers with protection from the elements. They also served as ground covers, roofing for winter huts, and numberless other purposes in a soldier's life. Simple and utilitarian, they were rarely saved. This example is made from two sections of sturdy canvas, measuring 60.5" x 59" overall. Along two of the sides (opposite from each other) are eight button holes. A third has seven button holes and the remaining side is left plain. All buttons are absent. Each corner is reinforced with a square of canvas and has holes to admit loops of hemp through which stakes could be passed. One of these original loops is still present. The piece shows genuine use in the field, with spots of dirt, discoloration, and staining adding to the appeal of this rarity. This is a very nice example!

    Also included is a muster roll for Co. G, 148th New York, listing Reed (then a 1st Sergt) and eighty-one members of the company with the addition of one man who has been discharged, one who has died, and one who has deserted. The two page roll, which measures 30.75" x 21", is dated February 1865. In addition to the muster roll, this lot includes a 17.75" x 24" soldier's memorial poster listing the men of Co. G, 148th New York Infantry. One vertical tear has been repaired on the verso with tape causing adhesive ghosting down the recto. Other small tears at the upper and lower edges have also been similarly repaired. Scattered foxing.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2016
    12th Sunday
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