DescriptionCivil War Officer's Folding Wooden Camp Cot with Wonderful Period ID to Lieutenant Isaiah Conley of the 101st Pennsylvania Infantry. Folds into three sections, 94" long when opened, 29" wide. The head portion opens to and approximately 45 degree angle. Folding legs 17" high. The entire cot is covered with an iron wire mesh which, in essence, served as the "box spring" and apparently used with a mattress. Appears to be made of maple with cast iron brackets at the hinged points where it folds. Neatly painted in black on one side "1st Lt. I. Conley/ Co. G 101st Pa. Inft.", showing consistent and absolutely authentic and of the period. Perfect condition overall.
Conley enrolled in the 101st Pa. as a 2d lieutenant on February 20, 1862 and was promoted to first lieutenant on January 21, 1863, logically the point at which he acquired this cot the ID includes his rank as 1st lieutenant. Conley served with the regiment until his capture, along with most of the regiment, at Plymouth North Carolina on April 20, 1864. He remained a prisoner until November of 1864 when, according to his records he "Escaped from rebel prison and reached Union lines November 13, 1864." The 101st was heavily engaged during the period prior to Conley's capture including actions at Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He was promoted to captain May 17, 1865 and mustered out June 25, 1865. A very rare piece of Civil War officer's equipment with wonderful ID to an officers who served gallantly through most of the major battles of the Army of the Potomac. One of only a few examples known with integral period ID.
Estimate: $2,500 - $2,800.
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