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Captain John McCleery's Civil War kepi, epaulets, buttons, insignia and ambrotype blue wool officer's hat with tarred visor, black silk quatrefoil at top, the number 23 at front, brass buttons at sides, interior with label, L9 1/2" W6 1/2";
Captain's epaulets witih 1/4" fringe, brass button, two bar-rank insignia and the number 18 on round patch, housed in original tin box.
epaulets L7 3/4", box W9 3/4" H5 5/8";
box also containing various uniform buttons, Captain's infantry shoulder boards, Regimental infantry patch with the number 18, an eagle patch, crossed-flag patch, officer's black-and-gold-twisted hat cord, Society of the Army of the Cumberland medal, red kerchief containing feathers and other various accoutrements;
together with cased ambrotype of Captain John McCleery in uniform, H3 5/8" (approx 34pcs)

Provenance: Charleston, South Carolina private collection.

Other Notes: John McCleery was born in Milton, PA on April 8,1837. His parents were William McCleery and Margaret Pollock. Prior to the Civil War he attended and graduated from Princeton University. At the onset of the war he joined the 5th PA Reserves and was made Captain of "H" company. His immediate superior was Col.Senaca Simmons. This unit, which was part of a reserve brigade headed by Gen.McCall, participated in Gen.McClellan's peninsula campaign of 1862.
Severely wounded in the leg during the battle of White Oak Swamp (Glendale) on June 30,1862, he was taken prisoner by the Confederates and later released in a prisoner swap.

After the war he returned to Milton and married Mary Helen Marr, started a law practice, rose in rank to LTC in the reserves and was active in the G.A.R. Despite his war wound he lived until April 8,1907.

  • hat: moth damage throughout; well worn; brim with tarring defects; quatrefoil threads separating
    epaulets: patches coming loose
    box: wear and rubbing to finish; dents
    patches: some in good condition, many in well-worn condition
    ambrotype: case detached

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June 12, 2011 1:00 PM EDT
West Columbia, SC, US

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