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A great group of war-date military and personal items belonging to Pvt. Henry Richardson, Cowan's Battery 1st New York Light Artillery, including three of his Gettysburg GAR reunion medals and a large, framed illustrated lithograph service record for Cowan's Battery. The battery won its fame while helping to defend the "Copse of Trees" during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. On that day, as Pickett's men reached the stonewall near the center of the Union line, General Garnett's men waited for the gunners to fire their last rounds and then charged the battery, but were decimated by double canister fired at point blank range. When the smoke cleared there were no Rebels attackers standing. From that time forward all of the survivors of that faithful day were proud of the fact that they played a crucial role in the action that became known as the "High Watermark of the Confederacy". Along with Richardson's field carried items including his housewife, Goodyear rubber comb, his brass stencil reading: "H. Richardson, Co. E. 1st Art'y. N. Y. S. V.", large brass artillery kepi insignia, two New York state buttons, a cloth change purse with a small brass artillery insignia attached (now loose), a 12mo. 1862 diary/memorandum book, his pocket knife, straight razor, thimble and various other items. Interestingly, the diary, which was mainly used for accounting, mentions several members of the battery who were wounded at Pickett's Charge, with at least one who is now buried in Gettysburg's National Cemetery, and shows that Richardson purchased the above stencil for 37 1/2 cents on January 31, 1862. All items with usual wear, else very good.
Estimate $ 1,500-2,000

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