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    Incredible, Historic Issue Blanket with Battle Honors. One of the best identified and most attractive Union Army blankets known, this wonderful example belonged to Corp. John B. Robbins, Co. I, 82nd Pa. Vol. Infantry. The brown/green wool body measures approximately 65" x 74" with a wide medium brown stripe along two sides. Condition is excellent with some very minor spotting and a few insignificant holes. Robbins has carefully sewn his name, unit, corps insignia and battle honors on it in colorful red yarn lettering about 1" high or more. On the top half are listed in four lines: "Washington Yorktown Williamsburg Fair Oaks/Malvern Hill Fredericksburg Salem Church Gettysburg/Rappahannock Station Cold Harbor/Petersburg Winchester Sailors Creek." In the center of the blanket Robbins has embroidered a large 7" VI Corps badge with his regimental number, 82, stitched in the middle. At the bottom, above the stripe is stitched in openwork letters "John Robbins Co B 82nd Pa Inf" and below the stripe, in brown yarn, "Appomattox." Robbins joined the unit as a corporal in September, 1861 and transferred from Co. I to Co. B in September, 1864. He mustered out with the unit at Halls Hill, Va. In July, 1865. As the blanket testifies, Robbins and the 82nd were engaged in many of the Civil War's most significant battles. A truly remarkable piece of history.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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