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    Tintypes and ID Disk Attributed to Medal of Honor Recipient Corporal Jacob G. Orth, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry. Jacob George Orth enlisted on July 6, 1861, as a private. He mustered into D Company, Pennsylvania 28th Infantry shortly thereafter. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Antietam. He himself wrote of the action: "Business commenced quite early for the Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania Infantry at Antietam. It was six o'clock in the morning, when we charged and drove the rebels back across the fields to an apple orchard where we encountered a very hard task. No less than three rebel regiments and a battery were our opponents. To secure a victory over them meant hard fighting...It fell to my lot to encounter the color-sergeant of the Seventh South Carolina regiment. A hand-to-hand fight ensued. The final result of our short but sharp conflict was, that the Carolinian was minus his flag, and I had secured the trophy. I also had a shot wound through my shoulder. Six other stands of colors were taken by our regiment in this charge." He was also later wounded at Chancellorsville. He was discharged on July 6, 1864. Included in this lot are: (1) Sixth plate tintype of Corporal Orth, seated in uniform. The image retains the lower half of an embossed leather case. A contemporary ink identification reads: "Corporal J. Orth / Co. D / 28th Pennsylvania / Regiment / 2 Div, 12 Corps / 1st Brigade". (2) Ninth plate tintype in an embossed leather case of young woman attributed to be Orth's wife. (3) Brass ID attributed to Orth with Lincoln bust and the caption "Abraham Lincoln President U.S. War of 1861" on obverse and engraved "TO MY DEAR WIFE" on the reverse. All items in very good condition.

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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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