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    The Brass and Gilt Spurs of Union Colonel John C. Crane of the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Colonel John C. Crane was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps from Missouri and served throughout the war coordinating supplies, particularly as transported by the railroads. He would encounter many grateful subordinate officers, thankful for the supplies he would deliver to them in order to ensure their survival and win the war.
    These gilt brass spurs were presented by one such officer, Lieutenant Colonel Levi P. Wright of the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. The 1st Massachusetts fought at Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and the assault on Petersburg and was within two miles of Appomattox Court House when General Robert E. Lee surrendered.
    The brass and gilt spurs are made in the form of a spread-winged eagle and measure approximately 5" in length. The eagle holds the starburst rowel in its beak as the wings form the sides of the spur. Both sides of each spur are engraved with the left sides bearing the inscription, 'From Lt. Col. L. I. Wright, 1st Mass. H. Arty.' while the right sides of the spurs have the dedication, 'To Col. J. C. Crane' with a starburst engraving underneath. This is a beautiful pair of spurs dedicated to a commander from an appreciative subordinate.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum




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    June, 2007
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