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    Union Soldier's Suspenders Struck by Confederate Sniper Fire, woven cotton, approximately 17" long as worn, bullet hole over right breast. Matted and framed with custom plaque, the text of which, taken from an old museum card reads as follows: "On the evening of May 27th, 1864, at Altoona Pass, Ga., John W. Copeland was badly wounded and at the time believed mortally wounded, evidently by a sharpshooter secreted in some elevated position - this is indicated by the nature of the wound. The ball cut through his suspenders entering the lung and passing entirely through the body, coming out at the side of the bone at the back. For three hours or longer he lay on the field before comrades could bear him away and his wound be given attention. Presented by Mrs. Lawrence Copeland and son E. D. Copeland. Millport, Ohio." Included with the suspenders is an amazing framed photograph of the elderly John Copeland holding the suspenders while standing before a Union soldiers' monument with two other veterans. Copeland enlisted in Company "I", 1st Ohio Volunteers on September 5, 1861, being promoted to corporal on August 1, 1864 - some two months after being wounded. His term as a non-com was very brief, though, since he mustered out some six weeks later.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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