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    Tintype of Private Martin B. Eddy, 6th Connecticut Infantry and His Engraved Gilmore Medal. The hand-tinted tintype is 2.75" x 3.25", cased in the scarce "USS Monitor at Port" Union Case (Krainik #99 - unfortunately the case is damaged), the medal is 35mm in diameter and in a silk and velvet lined case. The image of Eddy shows him in a nine-button frock coat. He enlisted on August 26, 1861 as a private in Company "G" of the 6th Connecticut Volunteers. He was wounded on July 18, 1863 at Fort Wagner, South Carolina. On October 28, 1863, Major General Quincy A. Gillmore issued an order creating "medals of honor for gallantry and meritorious conduct during the operations before Charleston" and awarding them to enlisted men of his command who had been in action in the batteries and trenches. The medal, designed by Ball, Black, and Company of New York, was suspended by a swivel from a metal clasp. Since the Gillmore Medal was issued on the local authority of General Gillmore, it was considered an unofficial decoration by the United States Army, but was permitted for wear on a military uniform. The medal and image are in very fine condition.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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