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    Small but Historic Grouping Related to Col. Edward Everett Cross, 5th New Hampshire Infantry Cross was commissioned colonel of the 5th NH on Aug. 27, 1861. He was wounded at Fair Oaks, Antietam and Fredericksburg. Cross, commanding a brigade, was mortally wounded at Gettysburg July 2, 1863 and died early on the morning of the 3rd. The 5th New Hampshire suffered the highest casualties of any Union regiment of the war and were led by the gallant Cross through The Seven Days, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. This group includes the following: A Brady / Washington CDV of Cross, with period ink ID on the front. Cross wears his regulation officer's overcoat opened exposing frock coat and sword belt, holding his McDowell kepi in his hand, edges trimmed otherwise very fine. A 1 ½" x 2 ¼" piece of blue silk flag material accompanied by a period ink note reading, "Torn from State Flag of the 5th N. H. by Shell at Fredericksburg." A 1" x 3" piece of white silk flag material with red silk fragments with a period note, in the same hand as the other reads "Piece shot from Battle Flag 5th N. H. Saved by Col. Cross." Finally a 7 ¾" x 9 ¾" ink script Autograph Letter Signed from Col. Cross to his father, one page front and back, headed headquarters 5th NHV Camp near Richmond May 26, 1862. Cross provides a verbal and detailed map description of the opposing armies in front of Richmond. Cross states that the position of "the rebel army is very strong" but that if the Federals can bring their artillery to bear "they are gone." The letter further details preparations for the assault and states he has "800 officers and men for duty - 200 more than any other regt." Cross would be wounded at Fair Oaks just six days later. An important and historic grouping from one of the war's most gallant regiments and officers.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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