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    Silver Identification Badge, Images, and Documents of a U.S. Colored Troop Officer. Among the memorabilia of Capt. Homer Stafford, 3rd Engineers, Corps d' Afrique (and later the 97th US Colored Infantry) is an attractive, large identification badge made from a US half dollar. The face has been polished smooth and engraved in script is "H. O. Stafford/ Capt 3d Engineers/ C d' A/ U.S.V." The reverse has a t-bar pin affixed. With the badge is a carte de visite of Stafford standing knees-up in frock coat and sash with an 1850 foot officer's sword cradled in his arm. On the back Stafford has written in ink "I am Dear Willie/ Your loving Brother./ H. O. Stafford/ July 2, 1864." A New Orleans photographer's imprint is also on the back and the image is strong with good contrast. A carte de visite image of Stafford's commanding general in the Department of the Gulf, Nathaniel P. Banks, is also included. Banks strikes a familiar pose, seated with cap in hand, and the reverse bears a wonderful Alexander Gardner imprint. The image is clear but a bit faded. Stafford's original "Provisional Commission" as 1st lieutenant in the 3rd Engineers, dated January, 1864 is with the set and bears the signature of Banks. The final document, dated "Dauphin Island Ala. Oct. 18th 1864" is a testimonial to Stafford listing the names of 35 members of Co. H, 97th US Colored Infantry who have contributed toward a fund "for the purpose of purchasing for the Capt. such present or presents as he may deem most acceptable." It has been professionally framed. A 3" x 6" black leather folding wallet style 1864 diary inscribed "Lt. H. O. Stafford/ 3rd Engrs C.O.A." on front free endpaper. Daily entries through the first three weeks of January 1864. Shows wear but very good.

    Stafford started as a private in the 75th N. Y. Vol. Infantry in September, 1861 and was discharged two years later to accept a promotion in the 3rd Engineers. The unit was reorganized into the 97th U.S.C.T. in April, 1864 and was disbanded in April 1866. A great identification badge with some excellent supporting material.


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