UNFRAMED SOLDIER’S MEMORIAL WITH PHOTO FOR 9TH NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY PRIVATE

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Item Code: 2022-633

Large unframed document meas. approx. 15.00 x 18.75 inches attesting to the service of Private Lewis A. Lybolt of Company M, 9th New York Heavy Artillery. The pre-printed decorative document was produced in 1864.

Across the stop is a spread-winged eagle perched on a patriotic shield flanked by US flags, two on each side. The border of the document is made up of bust view woodcuts of 26 Union generals. Each image is in its own laurel wreath medallion with a red riband at bottom bearing the general’s names. The selection of generals is interesting. There are the big names like Grant, McClellan, Burnside, Hooker, Scott, Sheridan but then there is also some lesser known like Foster, Rawlins, Gilmore, Sykes, Siegal and Banks just to name a few. Several of the generals have blue tinted uniforms and multi-colored wreaths.

At center is a circle with a beautifully done period ink inscription giving Lybolt’s name and regiment as well as his battles. The battles listed are Monocacy, Winchester, Flint Hill, Fisher’s Hill and Cedar Creek. At center is an oval cut-out with Lybolt’s picture taken at about the time he enlisted. The image is from a CDV of Lybolt in civilian clothes which is pasted to the back of the document so that his face is centered in the cut-out. At bottom is a stirring battle scene while at top are images of President Lincoln and President Washington.

The item does have some condition issues. The paper has browned over the years and the edges have several chips. Looking at the reverse side one can see edge splits that have been repaired with archival tape. These are not readily visible from the front. There is also a horizontal crease across the bottom approx. a third of the way down.

All that being said, once framed the document will display nicely.

Lewis A. Lybolt was born in Wayne County, Pennsylvania in 1843. He enlisted as a private in Company M, 9th New York Heavy Artillery on December 21, 1863 at Forestburgh, New York and was mustered out at Harewood Hospital in Washington, D.C. on May 29, 1865.

After the war he lived in Fallsdale, Pennsylvania where he died on June 21, 1913. He is buried in Calkins Union Cemetery, Milanville, Pennsylvania.

The 9th New York Heavy Artillery was organized in December of 1862 and was assigned to the Defenses of Washington, D.C. and later to the Army of the Shenandoah. The regiment served as infantry in 1864 and was engaged at Cold Harbor and Petersburg. In July of 1864 it was present at Monocacy where it lost heavily suffering 28 killed, 38 wounded, 47 captured and 1 man missing. The regiment incurred even higher losses at Cedar Creek where they lost 44 killed, 60 wounded and 3 missing and captured. The regiment then returned to Petersburg and took part in the Appomattox Campaign. In total for the war the regiment lost 9 officers and 452 enlisted men killed, died of wounds and disease plus many more wounded but survived.  [AD] [PH:L]

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