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    Magnificent Relic From the Civil War Colors of the 12th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, A Walking Stick Made from the Color Shaft and Presented to Reverend Captain John M. Durgin. The stick has a large ivory knob at the top with an engraved coin silver ring engraved with, "Color Staff of 12th N.H. V. / to Rev. Capt. J. M. Durgin". The shaft is clearly the bottom section of a United States Army flag, or color, staff. The color staff ferrule acts as the ferrule for the stick. The stick measures 36.25 inches long and is in excellent condition. The knob has some fissures in the top and the sliver ring is slightly split, else, very fine condition. This is one of the most important relics from the 12th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry to ever come on the market.

    Joining the regiment as a first lieutenant, the Reverend John Durgin served as a fighting officer serving with Company "B" of the 12th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. Although 44 years old when he was commissioned, Durgin shared the privations and the dangers with his men. During the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863, Lieutenant Durgin suffered a severe wound and was left on the battlefield as mortally wounded. Only by using a Masonic signal for distress was he able to alert a Confederate officer that he needed attention rather than being buried alive. He was pulled aside and nursed back to health, returning to his regiment six months after he was reported dead on the battlefield.

    The stick is accompanied by a photocopy of the history of the 12th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry and, specifically, a six-page account of the regiment's colors. During the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, the regiment's color staff was shot in two. It is believed that this stick is the bottom half of that staff.


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    June, 2013
    8th Saturday
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