CDV OF “JACK” THE DOG – MASCOT OF THE 102ND PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS

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Full view of Jack, a black & white dog, sleeping on a carpeted floor in front of a balustrade. Along lower edge of mount in pencil is, “Jack / 102nd PA Vol / 6th Corps”. In pencil on reverse is, “Jack / in / Quarters”.

Image is in very good condition; light soiling along edges of mount.

Jack was a stray who wandered into a Pittsburgh firehouse and, through his tenacity, eventually worked his way into the firefighter’s hearts, joining them as they enlisted as a unit for the war.  He would march with the troops and would stand at the end of the firing line during combat, barking furiously at the opposing troops.  Jack served for over three years and he was said to understand bugle calls and obey orders only from his own regiment. After battle, he would roam the battlefield, seeking out wounded and dead comrades. He twice was taken prisoner, including six months in a Confederate prison camp where it is said he gave great comfort to the Union prisoners there.  Jack was badly wounded at Malvern Hill in Virginia but returned to the regiment after recovering in a field hospital. His last campaign was in Maryland. On Dec. 23, 1864, Dog Jack disappeared in Frederick, Md., and was never found. Some say the silver collar the men had gotten for him attracted the attention of thieves, who dispatched him. Or he may have been wounded in battle that day and gone off to the woods to die.  [ld]

 

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