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    Fantastic 69th New York Irish Brigade Grouping. The 69th New York was already ten years old when it became part of General Meagher's famed Irish Brigade in 1861. The regiment, grudgingly christened "The Fighting 69th" by Robert E. Lee, won enduring glory on such infamous killing grounds as Maryre's Heights at Fredericksburg and The Wheatfield at Gettysburg. This cohesive lot consists of the following important items: Autograph Document Signed, "Robert Nugent", one page with docketing, 8" x 9.75", Newport (News), Virginia, October 15, 1861. Penned on a superb Irish Brigade letterhead pre-printed in green ink and showing the American flag waving above an Irish harp amid clover. The manuscript reads in full: "I hereby certify that Maxwell O'Sullivan was duly elected Captain of Company I 4th Regiment Irish Brigade on the 11th day of October 1861." Nugent signs as Colonel of the 1st Regiment, however he was soon destined to take command of the 69th for the war's duration. O'Sullivan's service ended abruptly when he died of disease the following spring. Exceptional condition with only the lightest aging and smoothed folds; Carte de Visite, THE 69TH N.Y.S.V. AT CAMP CORCORAN, VA, Anthony backmark. An early war view showing troops attending a worship service on the outskirts of Washington. Light soiling, else fine condition; Patriotic postal cover canceled at Painesville, Ohio, July 10, 1861 and addressed to John Grimshaw, Wayne, New York. A color imprint shows a manned fort topped with the American and Irish Brigade flags. A caption reads, "The Gallant 69th of New York ready to receive their Secession friends from the South, Arlington Heights, June 1861." Moderate soiling, old pencil notation and mount residue on verso. Good condition; 69th Regiment Veteran Corps badge, gilt brass with enameled hanger and green ribbon, 2" x 3" overall. The 69th New York coat-of-arms makes up the bulk of this piece. It features two Irish wolfhounds flanking a shield upon which is an enameled "69". The regiment's motto, "Gentle When Stroked Fierce When Provoked", is below. The verso is engraved "James Devine Co H". Fraying to ribbon, else excellent condition.

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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