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    Superb Identified CDV of a New York Zouave with Medal of Honor. An excellent seated view of Sergeant Robert F. Shipley, Co. A, 140th N.Y. Vol. Infantry posed in his complete, classic zouave uniform with his fez placed on a table beside him. Pinned to one tombeau is a small V Corps badge and what appears to be an elaborately carved watch chain is suspended from his vest. Written clearly in pen on the reverse is "Yours Truly/ R. F. Shipley/ 140th N. Y. Vols/ Penn Yan/ N.Y." the carte also bears the imprint of a Penn Yan photographer and a two cent revenue stamp. Shipley started his military life in 1862 with the 44th N.Y. and transferred into the 140th in October, 1864. He transferred into the 5th N. Y. Veteran Vol. Infantry in May, 1865 from which he would be mustered out that August. Shipley was awarded the Medal of Honor for the capture of the colors of the 9th Virginia Vol. Infantry at the battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865. A description of the incident states that Shipley demanded the colors from the standard bearer when "the Confederate whirled around and with the flagstaff for a club was about to let it down on the head of the sergeant, but the latter, considering this the wrong answer to his command, made good use of his bayonet, which rendered further parley superfluous, and thus secured the flag." The condition of the image is excellent with great contrast and crispness and just the slightest clipping of the corners. An exceptional view of a very brave non-com who served in one of the Union's finest regiments.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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