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    Extraordinary Set of Headgear and Image Belonging to Heroic Medal of Honor Winner and Veteran of Meade's Gettysburg Staff. This exceptional identified chasseur cap and slouch hat are accompanied by a quarter plate image of the owner on horseback. All were the property of Paul A. Oliver who began his service as a 2nd lieutenant with the 12th N.Y. Vol. Infantry, served as aide-de-camp to General George Meade at Gettysburg, then on the staff of Gen. Hooker and ended the war as a Brevet Brigadier General. The dark blue broadcloth chasseur cap has its original eagle "staff" side buttons and bound visor. The chin strap is a narrow woven black ribbon which answered the same purpose as the usual leather strap. Sewn on the front is a small embroidered gold wreath with a silver Old English "US" in the center, the insignia of a staff officer. This is most likely the cap worn by Oliver while on Meade's staff at Gettysburg and Hooker's staff afterwards. The exterior is excellent but the silk interior lining is badly deteriorated, although the quilted top remains with vestiges of the gold maker's imprint. Oliver's wonderful slouch hat is of soft, pliable black felt edged in a broad, black gros-grain silk binding. The sides rise about 4" and the usual thin black ribbon is at the base. The hat still has its original officers' hat cords of twisted gold and black thread, ending in two large "acorns." The interior has an exceptionally deep sweat band and its original dark blue bag lining. There are three minor splits to the body from flexing. This classic officer's hat has great visual appeal and probably served Oliver throughout his years of service. With the headgear is a splendid image taken of Oliver uniformed and mounted on his horse "Dolly," taken shortly before Gettysburg. In it, he is wearing the exact same chasseur cap as listed above. The tintype is sharp and bright, with the subject posed in front of a wooded background. Paul Ambrose Oliver was a courageous soldier who started with the 12th N.Y. in October, 1861 and was wounded at Gaines Mills while a 1st Lt. with that unit. He left the service with a brevet general's rank in May, 1865. Oliver would be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions commanding a brigade at Resaca, Ga. A copy of the letter recommending him for the honor, signed by Gen. Daniel Butterfield, details many of his exploits and accompanies this grouping, along with a copy of his obituary which gives a thorough overview of his career. With the set is an attractive ceremonial baton presented to Oliver in 1889 for his service as an "Assistant Marshal" in a "Civic and Industrial Parade." Also with the set is a copy of a typewritten transcript of a very interesting letter written by Oliver to his brother on July 8, 1863 that describes his activities in the battle of Gettysburg. The set emerged directly from family members in 1989-90 and a letter from the person who obtained the items also is with the set. A truly great, documented grouping of a key participant in some very important moments in America's past.



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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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