ARMY OF THE POTOMAC MEMORIAL ID’D TO 17TH CONNECTICUT SOLDIER

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Item Code: 668-371

This memorial was printed by The National Tribune Company in 1904. The memorial is a stock piece with an area at bottom to fill in a soldier’s name, regiment and Corps.

The memorial is printed in color with a spread-winged eagle on a shield within a green laurel wreath flanked by two full color American flags which drape down on each side forming a central space for text.  Each side has bust views of three generals within a green laurel wreath superimposed over the fly portion of the flag. The left side has McClellan, Burnside and Hooker while the right side has Meade, Hancock and Sedgwick.

The text of the memorial has “ARMY OF THE POTOMAC” across the top and the rest of the space is divided into five sections. The first lists commanders of the army, the second lists the Corps that made up the army giving dates of organization and commanders, the third lists the strength of the army for each of its campaigns, the fourth lists the major battles by year listing the killed, wounded, captured or missing and the aggregate of all and the fifth is an inset map of the area of operations.

Filled in at bottom is the following “THIS IS TO CERTIFY SERGEANT WHITMAN SACKETT SERVED IN THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, HAVING BEEN A MEMBER OF COMPANT I, 17TH REGIMENT CONN. INF. 11TH ARMY CORPS (SIGNED) THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE.”

The item is in good condition with light surface dirt and some minor wrinkles but nothing serious. It comes housed in a modern frame meas. approx. 22.50 x 28.50 inches. Frame contains plexiglass.

Whitman Sackett was born in July of 1839 and was residing in Greenwich, Connecticut when he enlisted as a private in Company I, 17th Connecticut Infantry on August 11, 1862. He was promoted to corporal September 1, 1864 and to sergeant June 8, 1865. He was mustered out at Hilton Head, South Carolina on July 19, 1865.

All that is known of his post-war life is that he married a woman named Ann, worked as a painter and died in Greenwich, Connecticut on October 20, 1908 and is buried there in Putnam Cemetery.  [AD] [PH:L]

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