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    Uniform of Union 2nd Lieutenant Solon Finney, Company E, 6th Michigan Cavalry. A rare US Cavalry officer's custom-made uniform with a yellowish velvet lay down collar, and US Cavalry eagle "C" buttons backmarked "D Evans & Co., Attleboro, Mass." The 2nd Lt. shoulder straps have a cavalry yellow velvet background with dead and bright borders. The interior of this frock coat is quilted and Lieutenant Finney has inscribed his name in iron gall ink in the left sleeve within a hand-drawn border. A remarkable cavalry officer's uniform, Lieutenant Finney enlisted in the 6th Michigan Cavalry at Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 20, 1862, and served in all of the battles led by General Custer, including the Battle of Gettysburg and the Wilderness Campaign. The 6th Michigan Cavalry was a hard fighting unit, which they most certainly had to be to ride with Custer. The unit lost 386 men during the Civil War, and fought close to 100 cavalry engagements. Lieutenant Finney also rode in Kilpatrick's raid on Richmond as well as Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He was mortally wounded by a gunshot wound to the chest at Bethel Church, Virginia near Amelia Courthouse, and died on April 9, 1865, the very day that Lee surrendered the army of northern Virginia to Grant at Appomattox.

    Authentication: Les Jensen




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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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