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    Bullet that Grazed the Head of Brigadier General Isaac J. Wistar. A mushroomed Confederate minié ball is preserved in a inlaid period frame with a CDV of the general and a 5" x 2" Autograph Note Signed, reading as follows: "This flattened bullet passed through the brim & crown of my hat, slightly drawing blood on the scalp & was dug out of the oak tree in front of which I was standing by Capt. Reynolds A.A.G. at the battle in front of Drewry's Bluff, Va. May 16, 1864. J I Wistar then Brig Genl' Commdg 2nd Div. 18th A.C." Toned paper, smoothed folds. A rare grouping illustrating a Union general's brush with death. Isaac Jones Wistar (1827 - 1905) of Philadelphia enlisted in the Union Army as a captain, but was soon serving as Lt. Colonel of Baker's California Regiment, the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteers. Wounded at Balls Bluff and Antietam, Wistar's excellent combat record earned him a brigadier general's commission on November 19, 1862. The general resigned from the army late in 1864 and proceeded to excel in civilian endeavors. A railroad financier, Wistar later founded the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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