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    UNION OFFICER "CAPT. BYRON PARSON'S" 94th NEW YORK INFANTRY FROCK COAT AND PANTS WITH SHOULDER STRAPS-WOUNDED AT GETTYSBURG. In standard issue blue wool, this Union officer's frock coat and pants are in exceptional condition. The dark green interior lining is intact although worn, particularly in the area where the sleeve linings are attached. All buttons are present and are the spread eagle design with the infantry "I" in the center. The coat is accompanied by the soldier's Smith patent shoulder straps and matching trousers. A light blue welt down the outside seam of each leg denotes rank. There is little deterioration to the cloth and virtually no moth damage to either piece.

    This uniform was owned by Captain Byron Parsons of the 94th New York Volunteers who was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, July 1st, 1863. Parsons survived only to be captured later at Weldon Railroad, serving time as a prisoner of war at Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. An account of his time there from Jan. 1, 1864 to October 14, 1865, can be found in Civil War Manuscripts : A Guide to Collections Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Byron Parson survived Gettysburg, one of the costliest of battles for the N.Y. 94th and rose to the rank of major.

    This lot was originally purchased from the family and comes with a significant amount of family background and information. One note of interest is the large size of the uniform as Parsons was a giant man of some six feet tall.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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