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    Three Pieces, with Extensive Supporting Documentation, Related to Lt. Euclid T. Morrison, Co. E, 41st Virginia Infantry, Mahone's Brigade, who was killed at the Battle of Malvern HiIl, July 1, 1862, age 18. Copies of family genealogical records that accompany the pieces state that he was killed "whilst leading his company in a charge on the Federal batteries". Included is an early war, soft emulsion, 1/6 plate ambrotype of Morrison. He is seated 2/3 length wearing a nine button gray frock coat with what appears to be black piping and rank insignia on the standup collar. Also dark colored shoulder tab for attaching epaulette. Wears very high forage cap with oil cloth rain cover. Crisp image with just some 'bluing' around the edge, not affecting subject. In the original scrollwork leather case with hinge split else very sound. Also included is Morrison's red silk sash. Accompanying the pieces is a copy of a letter dated Jan. 16, 1954, from the "Petersburg Battlefield Museum Corporation", to Mrs. Aston Gray, a lineal descendant of Morrison's, thanking her for the loan of "1 Daguerreotype (3 1/2 X 3 3/8) of Lieut. Euclid Morrison", along with a number of other small items that were apparently inside a frame with each piece identified. The document states that the sash was "worn in battle" by Morrison. Typical Confederate sash of single thickness red silk, 3 1/2" wide with the tassels constructed by simply weaving the individual strands of the woven silk at each end. The sash is in excellent condition. Also a 7 3/4" X 9 1/2" three pp. letter, folio, on typical Confederate gray/blue paper, from Morrison to his mother, dated December 12, 1861 and headed Camp Anderson. Written in very neat pencil script and perfectly legible, Morrison details his winter quarters as well as constant preparation for an expected attack by the Federals. A fascinating letter obviously written by a literate and intelligent young man. Also included is a period newspaper obituary describing Morrison's death at Malvern Hill. When his unit charged the Federal battery Morrison's Colonel "called to the men saying, That battery must be taken ! Morrison, in advance of his company cried, Did you not hear to Colonel's orders ? - That battery must be taken, immediately a ball pierced his breast and he fell. Throwing his sword across his breast he died instantly - died as a true soldier should - in the face of the enemy, battling for liberty and right."
    Great pieces from a young Virginia officer killed while gallantly leading his men in a charge against Federal forces, with extensive supporting documentation.

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    December, 2013
    7th Saturday
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