EXCELLENT IDENTIFIED GROUPING BELONGING TO CAPTAIN JOHN BOOTH, 103RD OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

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Excellent officer’s grouping of Captain John Booth, 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) and his wife Sarah Booth.  This grouping consists of framed pictures, personal effects and military accoutrements, listed by item below:

Item 1:  Crimson officer’s sash.  Moderate fading exhibited on the tassels and lower ¼ portion of the sash.  Sections of pulled fabric and 1/8” to 1” fraying.  Overall, it is a highly presentable sash for display.

Item 2:  Framed set, measuring 18” x 26 ½”, enclosing John Booth’s commission certificate and five GAR medals.  The commission, set at the top of the frame, features an eagle and flag mast, commissioning John Booth as a first lieutenant in the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry on September 17th, 1862.  It is signed by Governor David Tod, as well as Adjutant General Hill and Secretary of State Kennon.  A state seal is embossed in the lower left corner.  Moderate foxing throughout, and small sections of staining in the top right corner.  All printing and ink are bold and legible.  The lower section has five mounted GAR medals.  From left to right, an 1887 reunion ribbon for the 103rd OVI; an 1888 regimental reunion ribbon; John’s GAR medal with major’s “shoulder strap” pin indicating GAR office; 1889 reunion ribbon for soldiers and sailors of Lorain County Ohio; 1890 reunion ribbon of the 103rd OVI.  Frame and matting are modern.

Item 3:  Two officer’s black and gold hat cords.  The heavy braid cord is missing its tassels and acorns.  The light braid sash has acorns intact.  Thread condition on both is very good, with fine color and nearly indiscernible fraying.

Item 4:  Single infantry captain’s shoulder strap.  Double border, with bullion and stitching intact.  Blue background is worn and faded; no visible maker’s markings.

Item 5:  Officer’s eagle sword belt plate, pattern of 1851; cast brass is in fine condition with sharp details on the face.

Item 6:  Copy of Phelps and Ensign’s “Traveler’s Guide Through the United States.”  An 1844 pocket volume with worn red cover; pages are in very good condition.

Item 7:  Copy of “Tales of a Grandfather; Being Stories Taken from Scottish History,” Vol. 2.  This is an 1830 pocket volume with a well-worn cover.  Some staining on the cover and the 3-4 pages closest to the front and back covers; pages show light foxing and staining.

Item 8:  Casey’s Infantry Tactics, Vol. 1.  Published in 1862.  This example has moderate cover wear and foxing on pages.  Good overall condition with the binding intact and embossed front cover eagle visible.

Item 9:  Framed colored pencil drawing of Captain Booth in uniform.  Housed in a modern frame, matted to the oval portrait.  Moderate foxing on the paper, colors are vivid.  Entire picture measures 11” x 13”.

Item 10:  Pair of framed “egg white” glass portraits of Captain John Booth and Sarah Booth.  Each measure 6 ½” x 7 ½ “.  John is wearing his Civil War uniform; Sarah is wearing a Victorian style dress.

Item 11:  State of Ohio certificate, naming John Booth as an elected Justice of the Peace for Carlisle Township, Lorain County, dated 1883.  Signed by Governor Charles Foster.  Document is on parchment paper and measures 13 ½” x 18”.

Item 12:  Clipped section of binding, 1” x 3 ½” “Holy Bible.”

Item 13:  Envelope containing two lockets of hair, approximately 2” by 2” each.

Item 14:  Newspaper clipping, the obituary of Mrs. Sarah Booth, who died as a widow at age 94.

The portion of small accoutrements and personal effects are housed in an antique glass box, measuring 10” x 5” x 3”.

The 103rd OVI was organized as the three-year unit in October 1862.  Serving in the west, the Regiment began its campaigns in Kentucky and quickly found itself in decisive actions in Tennessee and Georgia.  As described in The Union Army, Vol 2, “During the siege of Knoxville the regiment lost about 35 in killed and wounded.  In May, 1864, it formed part of Sherman's grand army and in the engagement at Resaca (and) lost over one-third of its effective force.  The regiment lost heavily during the Atlanta campaign.  On May 1 (1864) its effective force numbered 450 men, but when Atlanta had fallen it could only muster 195.  It followed (CSA General John Bell) Hood to Tennessee and had another opportunity of showing its pluck at the battle of Spring Hill.  After Hood had been driven from Nashville the regiment went to North Carolina, thence to Ohio, and was mustered out on June 12, 1865.”  The June 1864 OR report of Captain P.C. Hayes, is especially noteworthy in highlighting the Regiment’s heroism and sacrifice in the Atlanta Campaign.

John Booth enlisted at the age of 39 in July 1862, commissioned as a first lieutenant in Company H and discharged for disability in late April 1864 (which followed the Regiment’s fight at Knoxville, TN).  He was active in the GAR, served as a justice of the peace, and died in 1899.  John is buried in LaPorte Cemetery, Carlisle Township, Ohio next to his wife Sarah.  A splendid and highly personal grouping, reflective of Captain John and Sarah Booth’s lifetime of service to the nation, their community and family.  [JC]

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