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    Great Group Of Items From Col. Charles Hunsdon 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery. Charles Hunsdon entered the 1st Vermont as a Captain on 8/13/62 and mustered out 6/24/65. He was promoted to Major 11/2/63, Lt. Col. 9/2/64 and Colonel commanding the Regiment on 5/23/65. The regiment was one of the most heavily fought Vermont units of the war, losing 164 men killed and mortally wounded,,. The unit was consistently engaged in heavy fighting from the time they joined the Sixth Corps at Spotsylvania in May of 1864, including Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Ft. Stevens, Opequan, Cedar Creek, Ft. Fisher and the entire Petersburg campaign, with Hunsdon present throughout. The group includes to following: Hunsdon's wooden campaign trunk. 19 1/2" X 35 1/2" X 15 1/2" high. Constructed of 11/16" thick pine, with 1" wide screw fastened iron strapping. There is a large hasp and loop for closure on the front, with iron strap hinges, both of which are present but broken, so the lid can simply be lifted off. Heavy recessed folding iron handle at each end . retains 90% of the original blue paint, with some fading on the top along with clear signs of wear and use including scattered dents, nicks and scratches, but very sound with great patina. Stenciled on one end in 1/4" high black letters is Hunsdon's name and Regiment as Captain. Obviously carried by Hunsdon into service upon enlistment and likely used by him throughout his term of service. Interestingly it list his regiment as "11th Regt. Vt. Vols. which was in fact the original designation of the unit with their designation being changed to 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery on September 10, 1862 ; Hunsdon's crimson waist sash. Some fading on the tassels likely simply the result of being worn in the field, else perfect.; Hunsdon's binoculars in the original brown leather carrying case with sling., which is torn but all present. The lid is detached at the back but the original leather hinge is present with the stitching broken. Handle on top of lid also present with one of the hold down tabs with broken stitching but present. Binoculars in about mint condition. Classic form of brass construction with Japanned finish and covered with pebbled dark brown leather with sliding sun shades. 6 1/4" high when closed with some minor wear to the Japanned finish on the edges of the eyepieces which are embossed with the maker's name "LeMaire Fabt / Paris. The binoculars utilize the straight, rather than slightly v shaped, connecting piece between the barrels typical of Civil War binoculars.; Hunsdon's clearly heavily used, but completely untouched chasseur style kepi. Fine dark blue wool with four bands of black in the top, four strips down each side and back, and at the base of the vertical stripes. There are also two 1/8" bands of gold bullion tape around the base of the kepi. False embroidered gold bullion heavy artillery insignia on black velvet background with crossed cannons with small red velvet circle in the center. The straight heavy leather visor originally had a stitched brim although the binding is now missing. Eagle A side buttons with double strand gold bullion chinstrap with decorative knots at each side. The exterior of the hat is overall in superb condition with just a few tiny scattered moth holes and exhibiting some honest wear and use to the edges of the bands of striping exposed on the sides of the kepi, with the quatrefoil on the top and the circle around the inside of the crown perfect. Wear to the stripes simply amounts to some very minor edge fraying and a few nicks, but all present and very sound. Interior of the hat with 1 1/4" delicately checkered maroon Moroccan leather sweatband, brown polished cotton lining and rather thin black leather crown, which was originally embossed with a gilt maker's label but now illegible. The impression of the quatrefoil on the top of the crown can actually be seen though the leather crown, with the entire interior of the hat in excellent sound condition but clearly showing signs of honest wear and use. A great piece of Civil War headgear.; also included are Hunsdon's four vellum commissions signed by the Governor of Rhode Island, all pristine, six muster rolls filled out and signed by Hunsdon and his discharge.
    A really superb grouping of items from a gallant officer who witnessed some of the heaviest fighting of the last bloody year of the war.

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