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    Great Civil War Personal Effects Grouping of Charles W. Lyon, Company 9th New York Inf. "Hawkin's Zouaves." Lyon enlisted in the 9th New York on May 4, 1861, mustering out May 20, 1863. After being engaged at Roanoke Island, the regiment suffered a loss of 233 men, killed, wounded, and missing at Antietam, Lyon was wounded in the arm, but served with the regiment through the remainder of his term of service, including Fredericksburg. The regiment served with Burnside's 9th Army Corps until April 1863. The group includes Lyon's red wool felt fez with narrow brown cotton edge tape binding, and massive blue wool tassel. Excellent condition with just some moth tracking and a few very small moth holes. Absolutely period and generically one of the rarest of all pieces of U.S. Civil War enlisted headgear. Also included are his pair of white linen gaiters, perfect condition. Each with five dark blue ceramic buttons for closure and 0.75" wide cotton straps to fit under the shoe. His stiff white linen vest, with two exterior pockets on each side, and five mother of pearl buttons for closure, with white cotton belted back. The brass two tine buckle is slightly bent, displaying the 1855 patent date. Vest perfect, still "starched" and pressed and a very large size attesting to Lyon's apparent girth. Also included is his embossed silver 1 1/16" x 1 1/8" 9th Corps badge with t-bar pin back, the closure loop bent but present, a 15/16" high lead filled cap/hat insignia with an intertwined 9/Z with brass wire loop fastener on the reverse, a heavy 1¾" x 1 15/16" cast bronze insignia, that we have not previously encountered, with fez with tassel pierced in the center "Hawkins. Zouaves" in the riband at the top, and "N. Y. 9 Vols." in the riband at the bottom. T-bar pinback, in perfect untouched condition, and a German silver mounted ivory handled dirk by Manson/ Sheffield with 4.5" double edge spear point blade with the original German silver mounted brown Moroccan leather sheath, in excellent condition.

    Also included is Lyon's GAR medal, a 50th Anniversary reunion ribbon from the 9th New York, a ticket to the Hawkins' Zouave Association First Annual Ball, January 18th 1865, a program for Hawkin's Zouaves 25th anniversary reunion in 1888, a program for the 35th anniversary of the Battle of Roanoke Island in 1897, a small unidentified piece of gilt brass insignia, and an engraving of the 9th New York at the Battle of Roanoke Island. All items in excellent condition and accompanied by a complete set of Lyon's service and pension records. A wonderful grouping from one of the war's most colorful and storied regiments.


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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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