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    ....I take this moment to reflect upon that bitter cold March when during fierce fighting our merciful Lord in his wisdom chose to spare me my life in battle.

    Fantastic Group Belonging to Captain James William Towner, 9th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Wounded at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas.
    James William Towner (1824-1913) was born in Willsboro, New York. He completed a course at the Franklin Academy and in 1850 married Cinderella Sweet. He then studied theology and entered the Universalist ministry in Westfield, Ohio. He later studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1859. Once the Civil War broke out he enlisted on September 14, 1861 for three years. He was commissioned a Captain and was assigned to lead Co. F of the 9th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment. His regiment served in Missouri and Arkansas. At the Battle of Pea Ridge on March 7, 1862 Towner sustained a severe head wound, losing his left eye. After recovering from his wound he rejoined his regiment at Helena, Arkansas and saw action at Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi on December 30, 1862 and Arkansas Post, Arkansas on January 12, 1863. He resigned on January 30, 1863 at Young's Point, Louisiana, likely due to complications of his previous wound. After the war he became a judge in Cleveland, Ohio. He developed an interest in the controversial Oneida Colony and this interest in utopian society led him and a small group of followers known as Townerites, to move across country in 1882 to begin a new life in Santa Ana, California. He became Santa Ana's first City Attorney in 1886, served on the commission that created Orange County, and became the county's first Superior judge. Towner died of prostate cancer on November 19, 1913.

    The following group was found in a 16 x 10 ½ x 7-inch small wooden tarred cloth covered box decorated with round head tacks. Towner's fantastic group includes: 1.) His personal 1849 Colt Pocket Pistol. Serial no. 116849 all numbers matching, .31 caliber, 6-inch octagonal barrel with fixed front sight. Rolled stagecoach scene on cylinder. The backstrap is engraved "Capt. J. W. Towner 1861". Walnut grips. 2.) Colts Patent .31 caliber bullet mold. 3.) Small powder flask, 4 ¾ x 2-inches, brass with floral designs. 4.) CDV of Captain Towner standing in uniform, signed by Towner on the reverse "Capt. James W. Towner / Co. F 9th Infantry / Iowa". With a Fowler's Photographic studio, Auburn, New York, back mark. 5.) Towner's personal bible from the Civil War era with personal notations in his hand. The most notable inscription is found on the front pastedown where Towner has written: "I take this moment to reflect upon that bitter cold March when during fierce fighting our merciful Lord in his wisdom chose to spare me my life in battle." 6.) Miscellaneous items including his officers' hat cord, his brass-frame eyeglasses in a tin case, period snuff tin, a box of percussion caps, glass inkwell, a leather bag of .31 caliber lead balls, a length of period rope, horn drinking cup, GAR ribbon, a bone handle and wooden handle knife, sword mount from a U.S. Navy sword, a set of ivory dice, bottles, several original documents pertaining to Towner, and a wealth of photocopied records, articles, etc. perfect for research.

    Condition: 1.) Good. Retaining approximately 60% of the silvered finish on the frame; the remainder with a smooth gray patina; wedge loose; nice action; dark bore. 2.) Very good. 3.) Excellent. 4.) Very good. 5.) Fair. Some rot and dryness to leather boards; hinges fragile. 6.) All items in generally good to very good condition.


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