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    Group Pertaining to Corporal George M. Teel, Co. "F", 5th Massachusetts Volunteers. A clerk by profession, George Teal enlisted as a corporal for the nine months his regiment operated in Eastern North Carolina. Based in New Bern, the 5th Massachusetts participated in actions at Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro. Corporal Teel did survive to muster out, although 16 men in his regiment died of disease during their term. Included are the following items:
    Carte de visite with Frank Rowell, Providence, Rhode island backmark. A formal studio portrait of George Teel in regulation nine-button frock coat having corporal's chevrons on each sleeve, waist belt secured by standard US oval plate. Light soiling, good condition.
    Manuscript letter, illegible signature, one page, 8" x 10.5", New York, May 1, 1863, to Corporal Teel, New Bern, North Carolina. The author of this amazing letter asks Teel to collect delinquent newspaper bills from a Washington, North Carolina subscriber-- acknowledging, of course, that war has broken out and that the debtor might be in the rebel army! Fine condition.
    Stamped brass infantry bugle hat insignia with stamped brass "5". Attachment loops present on both, nice patina.
    Folding portable writing surface, 8.5" x 12" flat, heavy card boards wrapped in black waterproof cloth. The inside is stenciled "G. M. Teel, Co. F. 5th Mass. Reg't." Internal stains and wear, though intact and serviceable.
    Unused sheet of Union patriotic lined stationery, 5" x 8". Excellent condition.
    Lithograph, "New Bern", 7.5" x 5", from "Abbott's Civil War", ca. 1860s. A fanciful rendering of the March 14, 1862 Federal victory.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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