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    A Particularly Desirable Infantry Officer's Grouping Featuring an Appealing and Quite Scarce Example of a Custom Made Overcoat. Belonging to Lt. Dwight Divine, Co. C, 143rd N. Y. Volunteers, the impressive set also includes his cap, epaulets, The overcoat, of heavy midnight blue wool, is trimmed on the edges in black tape (now fading) with decorative swirls around the slash pockets on each side. Four of the five original eagle "I" buttons remain on the front. The cape is attached under the collar by four small "I" buttons and closes at the front by six more (four remain). Mr. Kurtz's research led him to believe the coat was manufactured by New York's Seamless Clothing Manufacturing Company (the same company that made overcoats for Berdan's Sharpshooters). The garment is very sound, showing genuine period use with some wear to the tape and a few negligible moth holes. With the coat is its original typewritten descriptive tag stating "CIVIL WAR COAT worn by/Dwight Divine, who on the/battlefield of Bentonville,/N.C., March 19, 1865 was/promoted to Captain and later/commissioned Brevet-Major." The lieutenant's chasseur pattern cap bears a red wool XX Corps badge on the crown with gold embroidered edging. A small embroidered silver "143" on the front of the cap is unique to officers' headgear worn by this regiment. Interior lining is sound and intact and the cap bears the imprint of N.Y. military goods sellers Baker and McKenney. The narrow chinstrap and "I" sidebuttons are original to the piece. sash and carte de visite album. Condition is near excellent. This exact cap is pictured in the classic "U.S. Army Headgear 1812-1872." Divine's regulation gold-washed epaulets are in wonderful condition with much luster still visible. Each pad bears a circlet of silver embroidery around a blue field on which is embroidered the regimental number in gold. Each also bears a single silver bar denoting the rank of First Lieutenant and affixed to each underside is an oval paper label of "Horstmann Bros. and Allien." The pair is housed in a typical japanned tin case showing a few chips and worn spots. On the lid is affixed an old descriptive note, now mostly illegible. Divine's crimson sash is in near perfect condition and is still folded inside its original box, in itself a rarity. The box has some minor shelf wear and has labels on the end and top "From /J. H. McKenny & Co./Military Goods,/141 Grand Street,/New York." "Father's Sash" is penciled on the top label as well. The carte d'visite album is inscribed by Divine inside the front cover and contains 25 military images, 22 of which are members of the 143rd New York. Most views are identified in either period ink or pencil and some have modern historical notations added on the reverse. Several views are additions from the cdv's belonging to another 143rd NY officer, George Young. Two images of Lt. Divine are in the album and two images illustrate the singular silver "143" insignia as found on the cap listed with this grouping. The unit began as part of the XI Corps and was transferred to the XII Corps, fighting at Wauhatchie and Missionary Ridge. When the new XX Corps was formed in April, 1864 the unit was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division and fought under Sherman at Chattanooga, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta and other battles. Enlisting at the age of 21, Divine served from the regiment's inception until it was mustered out at Washington D.C. in July, 1865.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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