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    Civil War Kepi, Sash, Sword Belt Shoulder Strap Group Identified to George W. Waddle 148th New York Infantry. Waddle served as an officer with the 148th New York Infantry and on the staff of General John G. Foster. Group consists of:

    Officer's dark blue wool kepi with a black velvet edge. The velvet edging runs around the back and ends at each side button. The wool body is in nice condition with some scattered spots of moth damage. The kepi features single bands of narrow gold braid that surround the cap's dark blue wool band and proceed up the front, back and sides. The crown is bordered by one band of the same braid and another band loops into a quatrefoil in the center. The top center of the disc has a wonderful 1st Division, 24th Corps badge. This heart shaped badge has a red wool center in excellent condition and is outlined with bullion thread. The badge matches the cap in age and wear. The side buttons are three-piece Staff Officer's buttons. There is no chinstrap and does not appear to have ever been one. Instead, there is a thin band of gold braid stretching between the side buttons just above the visor. Sewn to the front of the kepi is an embroidered infantry hunting horn insignia. This is done in gold bullion with gold sequins outlining the bell. The bugle measures approximately 1.5" x 1". The visor is firmly attached and has a bound edge. The surface has some crazing as usual. The left edge of the visor is missing approximately. 2" of the binding while the opposite side is missing about 0.5". The sweatband of the kepi is totally gone and only 25% of the black polished cotton lining remains intact. Most of the lining that remains is around the disc and down the back. The missing lining has exposed a layer of cotton that completely lined the body of the cap. The underside of the disc has faded black polished cotton lining with decorative stitching. With the kepi comes an old business card from the 1930s-1940s with a pencil inscription on the back which reads "Cap worn by Grandfather Waddell 1st Lieut in Civil War."

    Silk officer's sash. In very good condition. There are some scattered minor snags, mostly near the ends, and a few light stains. These are more signs of use rather than damage from storage. The acorns and tassels are also in good condition but they have faded some with age.

    Officer's leather sword belt with tooled line edge. The belt plate is the standard officer's sword belt plate with a wide tongue on the back, benchmarked "465" which matches the keeper. Present with the belt is a very thin leather shoulder belt with a decorative brass buckle. The belt still retains one of its brass oval rings for attaching a sword hanger while the other is missing. The belt and plate are in very good condition and are just dirty from storage. The leather is still strong and supple.

    Pair of 1.5" x 4.125" staff major's shoulder boards. With single bullion borders, black velvet centers and gold bullion oak leaves in excellent condition showing minor wear. Single infantry captain's shoulder board showing heavy edge wear.

    There is also a small index card with text typed on it. It appears to date from the 1950's. It reads "Kepi, Sword Belt, Sash and Shoulder Straps worn by GEORGE W. WADDELL as an officer in the 148th Regt. of Infantry N. Y. Vol. Also displayed is a souvenir acquired while the 148th was in Richmond as a part of the 1st Div., 24th Corps."

    George W. Waddle was born May 17, 1836, in Waterloo, New York. He was a twenty-six year old mechanic when he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 148th New York Infantry on August 29, 1862, at Geneva. He was detailed as Acting Adjutant and assigned to the Judge Advocate Generals Department on December 29, 1863. He was relieved from this duty and returned to his regiment on February 23, 1864. On May 14, 1864, Waddle was promoted to 1st lieutenant and to captain on October 13 of the same year. Late in 1864 or early 1865 Waddle was assigned to the staff of General John G. Foster as Acting Assistant Adjutant General. On March 13, 1865, he was promoted major by brevet for faithful services during the war. He was mustered out June 22, 1865. After the war Waddle returned to New York and settled in Penn Yan which is in Yates County. He resided here with his wife Esther and his two sons James and Charles and was employed as a builder/ contractor. He died there on January 26, 1914.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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