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    Huge Civil War Archive of Colonel Isaac Dyer 15th Maine.
    Amazing archive of Civil War artifacts belonging to Colonel Isaac Dyer of the 15th Maine Infantry. Colonel Dyer, who later became a Brevet Brigadier General, served with the 15th Maine from December 1861 through September 1865. The 15th joined General Banks Texas expedition in June of 1863 and rendered conspicuous service in the capture of Fort Esperanza, in Matagorda bay. Returning to New Orleans in March 1864, the regiment formed a part of General Banks' Red river expedition, during which it marched more than 700 miles in two months, and participated in the battles of Sabine cross-roads, Pleasant Hill, Cane river crossing and Mansura plains. In June 1864, it was ordered to New Orleans, and on July 5 embarked on transports for Fortress Monroe, Va., where it arrived on the 17th. Six companies were then ordered to Bermuda Hundred, and the remaining companies participated in the campaign up the valley in pursuit of Early's army. The original members of the regiment mustered out in January 1865, while others who had reenlisted went to Washington, DC in April and then on to Savannah, Ga. in June. After Dyer mustered out he returned home to Skowhegan, Maine bringing home with him these two wooden trunks filled with relics from his service to the Union cause. This wonderful archive descended directly through the family, to his granddaughter, and then to her half-brother (A letter is included from the family member). The Archive has been in the possession of our consignor since the early 1980's.

    The archive is housed in two wooden trunks brought home to Maine by Colonel Dyer. The green trunk, which measures 42" x 24" x 17 1/2", has stenciled on one end "Lt. Col. Isaac Dyer 15th Regt. Maine Vol's". The second trunk measures 43" x 20" x 18 1/2" and is stenciled on the front "Col. Isaac Dyer 15th Maine Regiment". It also has an Eastern Express shipping label. Housed in these trunks is a virtual time capsule of material from Dyer's travels throughout the War Between The States.


    The archive includes the following:

    A captured Confederate Bowie Knife belonging to Reese B. Hogan of the 7th Arkansas Cavalry. Hogan was captured during the Red River campaign on October 17, 1864 and sent to Gretiot Street Prison in St. Louis. He was then sent to prison in Alton, Ill. and finally exchanged on February 17, 1865. Dyer likely acquired the knife at Lexington, Missouri where the 15th Maine and the 7th Arkansas opposed one another, and where Hogan was captured. The knife measures 12 1/4" long overall, and has the makers name "Sarturis" on the blade. Scratched into the handle is the name "R B Hogan". The Bowie is in beautiful condition having just a small amount of rust near the tip. With the knife is the leather leg sheath. A rare Confederate Bowie.

    Colonel Dyer's Model 1860 full fluted cylinder Army Colt revolver, .44 caliber, with holster, and implements. The Colt has all matching serial numbers, #2863. The pistol is in beautiful condition retaining 50% of its original finish. The handle is in excellent condition as well with little wear. A scarce Colt revolver.

    Colonel Dyer's shoulder straps (three sets), his General's epaulettes with the original tin box, three hat insignia's which includes an embroidered officers side plate, an eagle side plate, and an officers embroidered front plate designated for the 15th Maine. Also an early Shako hat plate with eagle and a group of 47 Ordnance Department buttons. The insignia's, straps, and epaulettes are all in excellent condition.

    Guide flag / line marker of the 15th Maine Infantry. The blue silk flag measures 11 1/2" on the hoist, and 17" on the fly. The number "15" has been stitched in the center. These battle field line marker flags are quite rare, and highly desirable. Flag has folds from storage, else fine.

    Pair of horse saddle holsters including a pair of extremely rare Colt Walker holsters. The holsters measure approximately 18" tall. The Colt Walker holsters have a metal tip with a star on the bottom. As to rarity, there were only 1,100 Colt Walkers manufactured, and likely no more than 500 sets of holsters. These rarely, if ever, appear on the market. Both sets of holsters have normal wear, and are in overall fine condition.

    Confederate flask captured by Colonel Dyer. Glass, leather and metal 6" tall flask captured by Dyer. On the leather it has the name "R H Slauter" (Slaughter). Richard H. Slaughter served with the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry. A wonderful captured Confederate flask in fine condition.

    Colonel Dyer's presentation sword from the citizens of his home town of Skowhegan, Maine. A model 1850 Field and Staff sword, with a presentation on the scabbard's top mount, that reads "Presented to Isaac Dyer Col. 15th Maine Vol. By The Citizens of Skowhegan, Me". On the pommel it reads "ID 15th Me. Regt". The 33 1/2" blade is ornately etched with a large "US", a shield, muskets, and a drum. The brass hilt and grip are in excellent condition. The blade is in excellent condition with little wear. The scabbard is in excellent condition as well. One of the finest presentation swords we have offered in some time.

    American Officers' Eagle Head Cavalry Sword, Circa 1813. The curved blade measures 28 1/2" in length, and has a gilded eagle head pommel and a carved bone grip. The blade has a few areas of rust, but in overall fine condition. The leather scabbard has some wear as shown, but is still very stable. An impressive early 19th Century sword owned by Colonel Dyer.

    Colonel Dyer's Navy cap. On the return from the Red River campaign Dyer was made honorary captain of the transport down the Mississippi River by the officers and the crew, and given this Navy cap. The cap is in excellent condition, and likely only worn by Dyer.

    Colonel Dyer's spurs with the original leather.

    Horse hair saddle blanket and rope. Likely Confederate as the Union did not use horse hair equipment.

    Colonel Dyer's gauntlets, officer's sash, cartridge box, officers hat cord, buckle with sword belt, powder flasks, lantern and horse saddle girth.

    A group of stencils including a 7 3/4" x 17 1/2" stencil that reads "15th ME. VOLS. CO.", Colonel Dyer's spyglass, writing implements, folding knife, straight edge, and billy club.

    The archive also includes a large group of Colonel Dyer's war papers, including his appointment as Lieutenant Colonel of the 15th Maine by Governor Israel Washburn, Jr., a printed map of approaches to New Orleans, a hand drawn sketch of land bordering the Mississippi river showing pickets, roads, and swamps, and two large ledgers consisting of morning reports and the men in the regiment. Also over 500 printed orders, discharges, provision orders, and appointments, many signed by Dyer himself. An amazing archive.


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