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    Civil War M1861 .58 Caliber Cartridge Box Sling, and both plates with period ID to Henry J. Orton, 147th New York Inf., Garrard's Tigers, wounded July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg. The box and sling both very good with crazing on the sling and crazing with minor flaking on the outside flap of the box, interior about perfect, both box and sling very supple. Box maker marked on the inside flap by Williams & Co. New York, retains one of the original tins. Ink script ID on the underside of the front flap and accompanied by a period pencil note signed Eliasha Orton detailing his history. Orton enlisted in the 147th Sept. 22, 1862 and served with the regt. until muster out June 7, 1865. He was promoted to Sgt. June 1, 1864 and was absent as the result of his Gettysburg wound till Jan. 1864. He received a 'gunshot wound in his right arm" at Gettysburg where of the 380 men of the regiment who entered the fight, 76 were killed or mortally wounded, 146 wounded and 79 missing, representing a casualty rate of 80%. The 147th was heavily engaged for the remainder of the war losing and aggregate of 168 men killed or mortally wounded. Accompanied by a complete set of records, also accompanied by a copy of a period photograph of Orton in uniform. A great Gettysburg artifact that bore witness to some of the most ferocious fighting early on the first day.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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