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    Important Group of Items Associated with U.S. Major General John P. Sedgwick, the Highest Ranking U.S. Officer Killed in the Civil War. Sedgwick commanded the Union Army's Sixth Corps at Gettysburg and served with distinction throughout the war until his death on on 9 May, 1864 when he famously stated to his men who were cowering under the threat of Confederate sharpshooters' fire, that at this distance the enemy 'could not hit an elephant or a barn' when he was struck near the eye by a sharpshooter's bullet and fell forward dead. Known to his men by the sobriquet "Uncle John" his death represented a considerable loss, not only for the men of his Corps but the entire Union Army. The material is accompanied by superb provenance and has been in the possession of his family since his death in 1864 and its current consignment to Heritage. The gun is a Colt M1849 .31 caliber percussion pocket model revolver #98371 manufactured in 1855. The gun is a five shot with two line New York address. The gun retain traces of silver with a good cylinder scene and is smooth and dark overall, just missing the loading lever plunger, and the trigger spring and hand are apparently broken. Else complete and original in every respect. The second piece is a sterling silver snuff box 2" X 3 1/8" X 3/4". The box has a heavy leaf and scroll engraved border, top and bottom, and is covered with fine tooling. Perfect condition overall. A small panel on the top center of the box is engraved with the Sedgwick coat of arms including the Latin motto, "Confido In Domino", I Trust In God. The silver gilt interior of the box bears the touch marks of Edwin Jones of Birmingham England from 1835 and is inscribed in script on the inside lid "John Sedgwick / from his Brother / P. C. Sedgwick". The final piece is the 2 1/4" X 3 3/4" X 5/8" American coin silver calling card case of Sedgwick's sister. Pivoting clasp for closure, decorated overall on the exterior with machine tooling with a small panel in the center of the lid bearing her script initials "A. L. S.". A couple of minor dents on the top else perfect. Red silk lined interior with several pockets and still includes one of her calling cards "Ada Sedgwick".

    The grouping is accompanied by extensive family provenance and history including a notarized letter providing the complete lineage of the pieces from a Sedgwick lineal descendant. The letter states these pieces have been in the family's possession since Sedgwick's death in 1864 and the items were passed down from Sedgwick's sister to his mother.

    An important grouping with excellent provenance to one of the war's most important generals, who had at one time been offered overall command of the Army of the Potomac.


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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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