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    Identified Uniform to a 2nd Lieutenant in the 14th Vermont Infantry. This lot includes a frock coat and vest identified to Charles Albro who enlisted on August 27, 1862 as a second lieutenant in A company of the 14th Vermont Infantry. The blue wool frockcoat is complete with sewn on 2nd lieutenant's shoulder rank insignia, nine button front with Vermont state buttons [Albert 9A], 23mm, "Scoville Mf'G Co*/Waterbury" backmarks, including four identical buttons on the back of the coat at the split and three 14mm buttons of similar pattern on each sleeve. The coat is lined with black cotton material and quilted in the chest and shoulder area. The frock jacket is in remarkable condition with only minor wear at the collar, cuffs, and bottom hem as one would expect; yet, it is amazingly free of moth damage. The blue wool vest is lined with muslin and has nine 16mm infantry buttons [Seaton GI88A] maker marked "D. Evans & Co*/Attlesboro, Mass", three exterior slit pockets and one interior slit pocket. The adjustment strap and buckle are present on the back of the vest. There are a few minor period repairs and moth nips and tracks, else very good condition. Included with the uniform is a modern photographic print of Albro, 8" x 10", framed under glass to an overall size of 13" x 15.5", likely taken in the post-war period. Lt. Albro mustered out of the army on July 30, 1863. Included with the group is a letter from an unidentified soldier in the 14th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, written in 1862, near Centerville, Virginia. Though not directly related to Albro, this letter would certainly reflect the thoughts of men in the 14th Vermont. The soldier writes "I should like to see one good smart fight before I come home...". He writes of skirmishes near Centerville, inquires after friends back home, the weather, and food - "We have buckwheat cakes every morning and night and nice maple molasses to go with them...". This is a wonderful identified uniform group, lovely for display.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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