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    War Souvenirs of Pennsylvania Captain and Patriotic Cover Collection. Highlighting this group are two items associated with Captain Rolla O. Phillips, Co. "D", 85th Pennsylvania Infantry. Phillips enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant on November 11, 1861 and remained with the 85th Pennsylvania for three hard years, mustering out on November 22, 1864. Phillips' finest moment came during the battle at Deep Bottom, Virginia on August 16, 1864 when he helped lead a charge near Fussell's Mill. Captain Phillips is commended in the Official Records for his bravery and efficiency on the field. Commemorating that day, Captain Phillips sent home the 1.75" cloth issue First Division, 10th Corps badge offered here. It survives in excellent condition. The envelope in which the badge was sent is retained as well. It is penciled with notes on the battle at Deep Bottom as well as a map showing the position of the 85th Pennsylvania. Despite a small split on its central fold, some fading and overall moderate aging, the envelope displays very well with the badge it once carried. A 4.25" x 7" period color lithograph of U. S. Army Corps badges is included with the Phillips material.

    Rounding off the lot are the following Union patriotic covers: five unused early war covers featuring illustrious Pennsylvania colonels. Those represented are De Witt C. Baxter of the 72nd Regiment (Fire Zouaves); David Birney of the 23rd Regiment (Birney's Zouaves) - on two different covers; Peter Lyle of the 90th Regiment; Joshua T. Owen of the 69th Regiment. All have minimal pencil notations on the back, else remain in excellent condition; and sheet of patriotic "Death to Traitors" stationery, 5" x 7.75", with 21 different unused patriotic covers and five used patriotic covers. Variously one color and multiple colors, all are imbued with fervor for the Union and loathing for the Confederacy. These average very fine condition.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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