TRUNK IDENTIFIED TO 179TH AND 183RD PENNSYLVANIA SURGEON

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This leather covered wooden trunk meas. approx. 26.25 inches long x 17.75 inches wide x 17.50 inches high. The lid has five 1.50 inch wide iron bands running across the top of the lid as well as two 1.25 inch leather straps that secure to two large roller buckles sewn to the body of the trunk. The leather straps and buckles are in very good condition. One of the straps keepers has split but this is minor. The leather on the lid is in good condition and is decorated with numerous linear designs. Attached between the iron reinforcing bands are two labels. One meas. 6.75 x 3.25 inches and is printed with “ADAMS EXPRESS CO. FORTRESS MONROE, VA.” The second label meas. approx. 8.00 x 4.75 inches. It is hand written and reads “DR. J. A. RICHEY CARE OF MR. ????? PHILADELPHIA, PA.”

The body of the trunk is covered in brown leather like the lid. The sides are covered in black leather. The bottom has two wood slats to keep trunk out of water and dirt. Sides have reinforcing bands and wide leather handles. The handle on one side is missing. Body section has four iron straps as well as a large brass escutcheon for the keyhole. One side of the body is strongly stenciled “DR. J. A. R.” in white paint while the other has a worn mark of “Dr. J. A. RICHEY / 183rd REGT.” also in white paint.

Interior is lined with a white linen with a red border. Trunk has a tray that folds down out of the lid. Interior shows light wear along edges. Overall the trunk is in good condition.

James A. Richey was appointed Assistant Surgeon of the 179th Pennsylvania Infantry on January 3, 1862. One Company of the regiment was sent to Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia. The rest of the regiment went to Yorktown, Virginia and engaged in two small skirmishes with the Confederates. Dr. Richey was mustered out with the regiment on July 27, 1863.

Richey next was assigned as Assistant Surgeon of the 183rd Pennsylvania Infantry on November 6, 1863. The regiment was assigned to the 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac and saw service at Wilderness, Todd’s Tavern, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Totopotomy Creek, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom and Reams Station. Richey was discharged due to disability on October 21, 1864.

Nothing is known of his post-war life.  [ad]

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