REGULATION OFFICER’S HAT CORD OF CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT JOHN M. DEANE, 29th MASSACHUSETTS, LIEUTENANT, CAPTAIN, AND MAJOR

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This regulation officer’s hat cord is part of a significant trove of artifacts preserved by John M. Deane and his family that we are offering in separate sales. This is a regulation cord using twisted strands of gold and black cord, with a cylindrical slide, and acorn ends of gold bullion strands capped by an openwork net.

This is in excellent condition. The cords preserve good color and some brightness to the gold cord, which is made of gilt thread coiled around smaller interior strands. The slide and the acorn ends likewise preserve their gold color and have no loose strands. There is just a little rubbing along the surface of the cords from rubbing against the crown of the hat. We see just a few small spots where the gold thread wrapping the cord has pushed apart enough to show a bit of the underlying cord.

A 29-year old teacher when the war broke out, Deane had been in the Massachusetts militia and was one of the “Massachusetts Minutemen of 1861,” joining the 3rd MVM in going to Washington on news of Fort Sumter. They served three months, evacuating and firing the Gosport Navy Yard and garrisoning Fortress Monroe. Deane mustered out 22 July 1861 and in June 1862 was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 29th Massachusetts, making 1st Lt. 12/29/62; Adjutant 11/1/63; Captain 6/8/64, and Major 5/15/65 with a later brevet to Major of U.S. Vols to date 3/25/65. He was mustered out 8/8/1865 and in later years lived in Freetown, Mass., where he was a member of Richard Borden G.A.R. Post #46, and died 9/2/1914.

The 29th Mass. served in the Irish Brigade in the Peninsula Campaign and at Antietam, fighting at the Sunken Road. Transferred to the 9th Corps, they served in  Mississippi and Tennessee in 1863, returned east and were briefly in the 5th Corps before rejoining the 9th again for Grant’s overland and Petersburg campaigns. Seeing action at Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, and Fort Stedman, where Deane was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for helping to man an artillery piece under heavy fire and aiding in the repulse of the Confederate attack. The regiment lost 4 officers and 53 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded during their service. Deane penned several of the regiment’s official reports for 1864 and 1865, and his letters have been published. He was credited with participation in twenty battles. [sr] [ph:L]

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