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WAR RELICS COLLECTED BY A UNION LIEUTENANT OF ARTILLERY
A fine grouping of six relics collected during his wartime service by Lt. James P. Elliott of the 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery, most associated with artillery. Elliott mustered into service in Co. I as a private on May 23, 1861, was promoted to Corporal on Mar. 9, 1862, sergeant on May 10, 1864, 2nd Lt. on December 10, 1864 and resigned June 20, 1865, serving with his unit nearly the entire time! Each relic is attached or sewn to a card with a descriptive label below. The collection includes: "Rule taken from Battery Harrison, Confederate defenses of Richmond 1865", wooden folding ruler with another label affixed to the rule measuring 12" long when folded; "Ring made from a fuse plug taken at Fort Fisher (Confederate) NC"; a brass wedding band; "Gomer fuse", used where quick work was necessary. The Confederate used it in blowing up magazines when forced to abandon earthworks as the flame travels nearly as rapidly as electricity in 1865", a small 2.5" x 2.5" section; "Insulated wire used by Confederates to explode torpedoes", 6" section, 1/8" thick; "This splinter is a piece of Confederate ram 'Virginia', which was blown up by them to prevent its falling into the hands of the Union army"; 8" x 1/2", with a label stating: "Exhibit loaned by Lieut. James P. Elliott Co. D 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery". An unusual set of relics, overall very good.
Estimate $ 700-900

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