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    Civil War Infantry Captain's Frock Coat and Signal Equipments of Captain Israel Thickstun Co H, 83rd Pa Vols, Acting Signal Officer U.S. Army Signal Corps Fine quality dark blue wool frock coat, in overall very fine condition. Good sleeve cut, nine button front, three buttons on each closed cuff, all buttons with Extra Quality backmark. 1 1/4" high standup collar with blue velvet lining. Black silk body lining with extensive and intricate quilting. White cotton sleeve lining. Breast pocket lined with brown polished cotton as are the tail pockets. Raw cut bottom edge. 1 5/8" wide double border bullion shoulder straps of Captain of Infantry, with deep blue velvet background showing wear on the nap. Wartime map of the area surrounding Culpepper Court House Virginia, creased with old ink staining. Three-stage leather covered brass telescope with blackened finish, body exhibits leather rings and loops for sling suspension. Measures 32" extended with sun shade. Pair brass binoculars with old leather replacement grips, marked "LeMaire Paris" on the eyepieces and "Day & Night", "U.S. Signal Service" on the slide. Pocket compass / sundial printed face marked "fecit C. Stedman" in threaded covered brass case and in fine condition. Cased ninth plate waist view tintype of Thickstun with clear image. Set of mustering papers from the 83rd Penn Volunteers listing Thickstun as Acting Signal officer. "Quarterly Return of Signal Equipments and Signal Stores" dated Sept 30, 1863 signed by "Israel Thickstun Capt 83 P.V Acting Signal Officer".
    Letter dated May 26, 1984 from Captain Thickstun's Great Great Grandson attesting to the family provenance of the jacket. Letter dated May 6, 1992 relating the purchase of the other artifacts from the family.
    Israel Thickstun enlisted on 9/13/1861 as a 2nd Lieutenant.
    On 9/13/1861 he was commissioned into "H" Co. PA 83rd Infantry. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant 9/29/1862 and Captain 1/4/1863.
    He was Mustered Out on 2/2/1865.
    The 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry served with the Army of the Potomac.
    Included are copies of 83rd Penna muster rolls, copies from the book "The Signal Corps, U.S.A. in the War Of The Rebellion", dated 1896, which pictures and mentions Captain Thickstun.

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    December, 2014
    13th Saturday
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