SERVICE MEMORIAL FOR CHARLES M. THOMPSON, COMPANY "L", BAXTER'S ZOUAVES (72ND PENNSYLVANIA VOLS) - DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED AT THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM

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Executed in pen and ink, the memorial measures 16 x 18", mounted on heavy card paper within a glassed, dark wooden period frame, measuring 25 x 25.5", with contemporary paper backing and hang-wire. The memorial features an oval image of Thompson (2.5 x 3.375") centered above a three-column, 110-line poetic narrative of Thompson's wounding, death and burial at Antietam. The paper is lightly soiled and faded with  three or four partial cracks, along with water staining on the upper left edge and lower center edge, spilling onto the matte, with a pair of small spots to the left of the Thompson's image. Frame exhibits numerous light nicks at the extremities, else VG.

Though faded with age, the poem remains quite legible. Rendered in conventional Victorian imagery, it is a remarkable performance of sustained penmanship by someone, possibly a regimental comrade, determined to execute a lasting tribute to Charles Thompson.. A sample of stanzas, from the beginning and end: "The battle's rage hath ceased/ all hushed the rolling drum/ Where the cannon once loudly roared/ Now not a sound doth come……..Yes, foremost in the ranks he fought/ no veteran could be braver/ while older hearts grew sick with feat/ our Charlie did not waver…….On Antietam's bloody field he fought/ his country's flag to save/ and may his name remembered be/ and long may the dear flag wave/ softly we'll sing requiem sweet/ for the noble young zouave."

Charles M. Thompson enlisted at age 19 and was mustered into Co. "L", "Baxter's Zouaves", 72nd PA Volunteers on 8/10/1861. His company muster roll for Sept & Oct 1862 lists him as being "wounded at Antietam Sept 17, 1862 since died". Prior to Antietam the 72th PA had participated in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and assisted in Pope's retreat. Following Antietam the unit participated in all the major battles of the AOP through the Siege of Petersburg, to the end of July 1864. It was mustered out in Philadelphia on 8/241862. During the 72nd PA lost 193 men killed and mortally wounded and 71 by disease for total of 264.

"….and may his name remembered be." A poignant memorial to a young private of Baxter's Zouaves killed at Antietam. Accompanied by copy of muster roll.

Executed in pen and ink, the memorial measures 16 x 18", mounted on heavy card paper within a glassed, dark wooden period frame, measuring 25 x 25.5", with contemporary paper backing and hang-wire. The memorial features an oval image of Thompson (2.5 x 3.375") centered above a three-column, 110-line poetic narrative of Thompson's wounding, death and burial at Antietam. The paper is lightly soiled and faded with  three or four partial cracks, along with water staining on the upper left edge and lower center edge, spilling onto the matte, with a pair of small spots to the left of the Thompson's image. Frame exhibits numerous light nicks at the extremities, else VG.

Though faded with age, the poem remains quite legible. Rendered in conventional Victorian imagery, it is a remarkable performance of sustained penmanship by someone, possibly a regimental comrade, determined to execute a lasting tribute to Charles Thompson.. A sample of stanzas, from the beginning and end: "The battle's rage hath ceased/ all hushed the rolling drum/ Where the cannon once loudly roared/ Now not a sound doth come……..Yes, foremost in the ranks he fought/ no veteran could be braver/ while older hearts grew sick with feat/ our Charlie did not waver…….On Antietam's bloody field he fought/ his country's flag to save/ and may his name remembered be/ and long may the dear flag wave/ softly we'll sing requiem sweet/ for the noble young zouave."

Charles M. Thompson enlisted at age 19 and was mustered into Co. "L", "Baxter's Zouaves", 72nd PA Volunteers on 8/10/1861. His company muster roll for Sept & Oct 1862 lists him as being "wounded at Antietam Sept 17, 1862 since died". Prior to Antietam the 72th PA had participated in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and assisted in Pope's retreat. Following Antietam the unit participated in all the major battles of the AOP through the Siege of Petersburg, to the end of July 1864. It was mustered out in Philadelphia on 8/241862. During the 72nd PA lost 193 men killed and mortally wounded and 71 by disease for total of 264.

"….and may his name remembered be." A poignant memorial to a young private of Baxter's Zouaves killed at Antietam. Accompanied by copy of muster roll.

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