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    Unique Identification Badge Worn by Twice-Wounded New York Officer. This impressive 1 ¼" tall silver shield shows the highest level of the engraver's skill and was worn by a gallant young officer who served in three units. Beautifully etched in varied tiny letters on the piece is "Lieut. H. Holt/30th New York/Bull Run 1st/Sulpher Springs/Fredericksburg/ Gainesville/Rapohanoc/Front Royal/Cedar Mountain/Bull Run 2d/Chantilly." The 18-year-old Harrison Holt enlisted in June, 1861 as a 1st sergeant. Rising to lieutenant, he was wounded in the foot at Second Manassas on August 30, 1862 and was discharged for disability in March, 1863. In May, he joined the 55th Mass. Colored Vol. Infantry as a lieutenant in Co. K, but his foot wound rendered him "unfit for infantry service." He subsequently became a lieutenant in Co. M, 1st Mass. Vol. Cavalry. On May 9, 1864 he was wounded in the left arm at Beaver Dam Station and in July was discharged for disability. Not surprisingly, Holt enlisted once more, in 1867, in the Sixth U.S. Cavalry and died in service in 1870. The attractive badge is complete with its t-bar pin back and can obviously be dated to no later than mid-1863. A fine memento of a brave young soldier.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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