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    Great Group of Personal Items from John Whipple, Co. C, 11th New Hampshire Vols., Who Died as a POW at Andersonville, June 27, 1864. Whipple enlisted in the 11th on August 18, 1862, and was captured at Knoxville, Tn. November 22, 1863. He is buried in the Andersonville National Cemetery. Included with the group is an 8" x 10" one page ALS from the "Angel of the Battlefield," Clara Barton, dated March 20, 1865, and headed "Office of Correspondence with the Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army, Washington, D. C." informing Miss Nellie Whipple of John's death at Andersonville and that his grave number is 2544, includes the original envelope. Also included is a great 5" x 8" four page foldover, ink script letter, dated January 22, 1865, from William W. Fish to Nellie Whipple, informing her of the circumstances surrounding his capture and death. Fish was in Whipple's company, and was with him when he was captured and at Andersonville, having been paroled. Fish reports that "the rebels took Whipple's boots, he having a good pair, and marched him barefoot and put him on the cars at Bristol, Tn." Fish further states, with reference to Whipple's death, that he died from "chronic diarrhea and scurvy which together with the barbarous treatment received at the hands of the fiends in human form caused his death."

    The lot also includes: his 1.75" x 4.75" brass stencil, "J Whipple Jr./ Co. C 11 ' N. H. V.", about perfect condition; his tarred canvas kit for personal items, stationery etc., 7" x 9" when closed and folded, edged with blue silk and lined with light brown polished cotton. One flap of the kit is ID'd with the enclosed stencil. Numerous interior pockets and flaps, retaining a three tine wooden handle fork, his intricately carved bone toothbrush, as well as needles and thread. Attached is a 3.5" x 4.75" folk art needle pad in the form of a butterfly, with beaded and embroidered wings and wool felt flaps for needles. All items in about perfect condition. A remarkable grouping with some of the finest provenance we've ever seen.


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    December, 2009
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