VERY FINE VETERAN RESERVE CORPS JACKET ATTRIBUTED TO 9TH MASSACHUSETTS SOLDIER WOUNDED AT SPOTSYLVANIA AND LATER SERVED IN COMPANY H, 13TH VETERAN RESERVE CORPS

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Very fine original Veteran Reserve Corps jacket and Pattern 1858 smooth-side canteen with a verbal ID to Private Patrick Barry formerly of Company E, 9th Massachusetts Infantry wounded at Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864.

The jacket is in very fine condition with some small areas of wear that keep it from being considered mint. It is single-breasted with a twelve-button front and is made of a coarse sky-blue wool with dark blue wool tape on the collar, cuffs, epaulettes, front placket and around the edges. The exterior is in very clean condition and has held its color over the years. The jacket does have scattered pinholes here and there but nothing obvious.

The front of the jacket displays very well. The blue wool tape on the collar and cuffs has retained its color. There are one or two small moth bites in the tape near the front bottom of the jacket. The twelve buttons on the front are all general service eagle buttons. All look to be original to the jacket and all have “SCOVILLE & CO. EXTRA” back marks. The two lower front buttons may have been reattached at some point long ago. Button holes are handsewn and some show wear in the form of missing thread on the outline of the hole.

The back is clean and in excellent condition with the proper blue wool tape edging in nice condition. Epaulettes are also excellent and each is anchored by a general service eagle button with a “SCOVILLE & CO. EXTRA” mark to match the other buttons on the jacket.

Collar has two general service eagle buttons, one on each side. One is just marked “EXTRA QUALITY” while the other one matches the rest. High collar has the proper arrangement of blue wool tape in excellent condition. Hook and eye closures are missing and the inside surface of the collar has a dime sized moth hole.

The sleeves are slightly billowed at the elbow and the cuffs have the blue wool tape chevron with upward point. The back side of the left cuff has two nickel sized moth holes on either side of the wool tape.

All exterior seams are tight.

The interior of the body is lined with a white wool material while the sleeves are lined with muslin. Left breast has a vertical pocket. Lining is handsewn as is much of the jacket. Inside left sleeve there are marks consisting of “2” over “SA” in brown ink and a faint “2’ in black ink and off to the side a small Maltese cross in brown ink. Right sleeve has a black “2” stamping. All interior seams are tight but left sleeve lining junction with the body lining appears to be restitched.

With the jacket is a Pattern 1858 smooth side canteen. The original sling is present and though dirty and worn from use it is complete. The body is excellent and is covered in a brown wool cloth. Cover is stenciled on one side with “H” over “13” over “VR” followed by a badly worn “C.” Opposite side is mark with the number “59.” All markings are in white ink or paint. Pewter spout retains its cork and chain.

Examining the underside of the sling between the bottom sling keeper and the upper keeper to which the stopper chain is attached, will reveal a marking of “CO. H. PATRICK BARRY” in black ink and done in such a way that determining its age is difficult. It is not period but could be much later.

Patrick Barry was born in Boston. He was 19 years old when he enlisted as a private in Company E, 9th Massachusetts Infantry on August 14, 1862. At the time he was described as being 6’ tall with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and by occupation a teamster.

Barry was present from the time of his enlistment till his wounding on May 12, 1864. Records show him present at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness and Spotsylvania. On-line records show him as being wounded at the Wilderness on May 5, 1864 but his records at the National Archives say he was wounded on May 12, 1864 which would correspond to Spotsylvania. Barry was shipped to a Philadelphia hospital and was mustered out at Boston on June 21, 1864.

The National Archives records for Barry ends with his muster out, but the Massachusetts Adjutant General Records show that he was mustered into Company H, 13th V. R. C. on September 12, 1864 and discharged October 2, 1865.

Nothing is known of his post-war life. [ad] [ph:L]

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