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    Gettysburg Medal of Honor Recipient Grouping. Captain Francis Irsch (1840-1906), a German-born captain in the 45th New York Infantry, had already been recognized for gallantry at Second Manassas when he found himself at Gettysburg. During the first day's fighting, he led a charge that captured 100 prisoners and later held off advancing Confederates until Union forces could organize. These actions earned Irsch the Medal of Honor. Unfortunately, the young hero was himself captured and wasn't exchanged until March 1, 1865. This grouping consists of the following items: Carte de Visite of Irsch in his Federal captain's uniform, Charles D. Fredricks backmark, pencil ID as "Capt. 45th NY VOLs"; Carte de Visite, likely Irsch in the 1870s. This somewhat older gentleman appears to be wearing a militia or Masonic sash and sword belt. No backmark or inscription; Autograph book leaf, 2 pages, 5" x 7.5", contains signatures and regimental information for nine junior officers, one of whom is Irsch. This is probably from an album put together while the signatories were prisoners-of-war; Autograph Letter Signed, "C. Irsch", one page with docketing, New York, October 3, 1864, to "the Commanding officer U.S.A. Harbor of Charleston, S.C." "Being a poor widow woman and having a son held as Prisoner of war by the enemy at Savahna [sic], Ga. since the Battle at Gettysburg, July 1863, I take the liberty of addressing you in the hope that you might exercise your influence to have the same exchanged as I am mainly dependent on him for support. Enclosed you will find a letter addressed to him, so high (?) you will so kind as to forward. Should it be in your power to do something towards the release of my son, Frz Irsch, Capt. 45th Rt N.Y. Vol. you will much oblige and relief. Yours respectfully,". All items are lightly aged, yet free of defects. Fine condition.

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    December, 2006
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