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    Silver Army of the Potomac 5th Corps Badge Identified to NY Artillery Officer, 2" x 1.75", engraved "G. Schimmel / Lieut. / New York /Artillery" with "15" in center. This large and impressive corps badge was worn by Gustav Schimmel sometime after he was promoted to 2nd lieutenant on September 21, 1863. Having already served a year in the 8th New York Volunteers, Schimmel enlisted in the 15th New York Heavy Artillery on July 18, 1863 and stayed with that unit until being mustered out as a captain in the summer of 1865. The 15th New York Heavy Artillery was moved from the defenses of Washington to the front in time for the final Virginia campaigns of 1864 and 1865. During this period Schimmel was wounded at the Weldon Railroad. Included with the corps badge is a carte de visite portrait of Schimmel. The image has a Henry Ulke, Washington, D.C. backmark and is inscribed en verso, "G. Schimmel / Lieut 15th N.Y. Artil / 14/9 1864." Also included is a notarized Autograph Document Signed, "M. Wiedrich" as "Late Lieutenant Colonel Commg 15th Regt Heavy Artillery New York State Volunteers & Brevet Colonel United States Volunteers", two pages, 8" x 12", Albany, New York, June 5, 1866. This letter praises Schimmel's character, performance and professional qualifications. All of the above items are tastefully mounted together in a modern gilt wooden frame.



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    November, 2008
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