RARE REGULATION CIVIL WAR ARTILLERY BLANKET IDENTIFIED TO 1ST MAINE LIGHT ARTILLERY SOLDIER

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Item Code: 1179-190

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One of the scarcer textile items of the Civil War is the regulation blanket. Besides the scarcity due to hard service and discarding during and after the war, these blankets would have had use for any average American home at the time.

Constructed of woven red wool, incorporating black intersecting stripes on every edge, and a stitched “U S” in black wool in the center. Blanket measures approximately 70” x 68” overall with 3” wide stripes and 6” tall letters.

Generally, in very good condition the blanket shows honest signs of wear with two larger holes and a few smaller. Sporadic very small holing overall. Portions of both the “U” and the “S” stitching are worn off.

This blanket is identified to John S. Snow of Hollowell, Maine and comes with a business letter addressed to him. A clipped auction listing mentions the blanket with other pieces of his military possessions although the blanket does not appear in the picture.

Snow enlisted on December 18, 1861 as 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Maine Light Artillery. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1864. He mustered out on July 15, 1865. The 1st Maine was organized in Portland and mustered in for three years of service on December 18, 1861. The battery was attached to Department of the Gulf until January 1864. It then served in the 22nd Corps in the Defenses of Washington until July 1864. It was attached to the 19th Corps, Army of the Shenandoah until February 1865. Notable engagements were Port Hudson, Fort Stevens, Third Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, and Cedar Creek.

The photos show the pleasing overall condition of an item rarely seen on the market.  [jet] [ph:L]

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