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    "Flag Belt Used by Ben Hunter of Cuba 79 O. V. I. in Battle of Averysborough N. Carolina, March 16th 1865. The bullet that went through the belt passed through his body. Hunter is still alive living in Olney, Ill. June 25th 1883. Presented by William M. Mann by order of Colonel Asria Doan of Wilmington, Ohio. The old flag collar which I carried from the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, July 19th 1864 to the Battle of Averysboro, North Carolina, March 16th, 1865. Have not seen this collar till June 25, 1883." Is the old ink script tag that accompanies this 2" wide, tarred leather Civil War flag carrying harness with obvious bullet hole. Large brass single tine buckle with one dent and nice patina. Harness itself excellent sound untouched condition. Hunter enlisted in the 79th Ohio on Aug 2, 1862 and was discharged for disability on June 12, 1865. Hunter's records list him as "Color Bearer" as of July 1864. The surgeon's certificate that accompanies his records identifies the location of the wound as "Breast" and the accompanying diagram of the wound clearly shows it entered his right breast, exactly where the bullet hole is in the sling. Accompanied by a complete set of rercords. An incredible Civil War artifact with impeccable provenance.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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