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    Great Group Of Artifacts Associated With Confederate Gen. Williams C. Wickham Originally Colonel Of The 4th Virginia Cavalry. The grouping consists of the following items: The largest bullion embroidered velvet hat badge we've ever seen. A 1" high bullion embroidered number 4 over crossed sabers on black velvet (now faded to brown) background with coiled brass wire edge. Retains the two original brass attaching loops on reverse and covered with brown cotton. The badge is accompanied by the following period ink script note, "The Badge off of the hat of General Williams C. Wickham worn when he was Colonel of the 4th Regiment of Virginia Cavalry and presented to his son Hon. H. F. Wickham by J. Churchill Cooke one of General Wickham's old soldiers Aug 12th 1924"; 3 1/2" long, clasp knife with four blades by George Wostenholm, Sheffield. Blades each of a slightly different size, one a file, and all intact with just dark patina. Mother of pearl plaque grips, the back side perfect while the front side has a minor line crack and tiny chip but is inscribed in period script, "W. C. Wickham"; cased electrotype of the seal of the Confederate States of America,. Produced in 1874, these copies were intended to "raise funds for the relief of the Southern needy as well as perpetuate the memory of the Confederacy". The bronze finished seal is in a 5" fitted case lined in green velvet. The copies were made from the original seal engraved "Joseph Wyon, Chief Engraver of Her Majesty Queen Victoria's Seals" in 1864. Overall mint condition.; A Virginia secession badge composed of a 2" circular paperboard disc with the hand colored seal of Virginia on the front and printed on the back, "Virginia/ Having / Battled For Freedom / In '76 / She Again Enlists in the sacred Cause / Resuming / Her Sovereignty / April 17, 1861. Suspended from a 15/16" wide white silk ribbon; A 1907 Richmond Va. reunion badge for A. N. V. Veteran Cavalry; along with a group of other personal items belonging to Wickham including two watch fobs, one with a silver wax seal with his intertwined initials, a later pocket knife inscribed with his initials etc.
    Wickham fought with his militia company, the Hanover Dragoons at 1st Manassas and was subsequently commissioned Lt. Col. of the 4th Va. Cav. He incurred a severe saber wound in a cavalry charge at the Battle of Williamsburg, and while recovering was commissioned Colonel of the 4th Va. Cav. He was wounded again at Antietam, but recovered in time to participate in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Wickham was commissioned Brig. Gen. on Sept. 9, 1863 and took command of a Brigade in Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's Division. On May 11, 1864, he fought at Yellow Tavern, where Gen. J. E. B. Stuart was mortally wounded, with Stuart's final order being "Order Wickham to dismount his brigade and attack. Wickham resigned his commission on Oct 5, 1864 and took his seat in the Confederate Congress. After the war he was eminently successful in the burgeoning railroad business and died July 23, 1888. A statue of Wickham stands in Monroe Park in Richmond, Va.
    A fascinating and historic group of material impeccably provenanced to one of the Confederacy's most eminent and capable Cavalry Generals.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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