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Authentic Artillery Implements of the Civil War Era
Medal of Honor Identified 1860 Instruction of Field Artillery Tactics Manual
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Here is a piece that was personally carried by a member of the 3rd New York Light Artillery. This is the 1860 dated edition of the 1860 Instruction of Field Artillery tactics manual. On the title page it states that it was printed by the Philadelphia firm of J.B. Lippincott & Co. On the inside cover page it has the pencil inscription that reads "Wilson H. Smith / Civil Engineer". I went through the listings for Wilson Smith and there was only one soldier listed in the artillery and the Widow's pension papers show that his middle initial is H. The original owner of these titles, Wilson Henry Smith enlisted on October 10th 1861 as a private int he 3rd New York Light Artillery Battery "H". On September 6th 1862 the battery was engaged in the battle at Little Washington, North Carolina. The Congressional Medal of Honor website tells what happened as "Took command of a gun (the lieutenant in charge having disappeared) and fired the same so rapidly and effectively that the enemy was repulsed, although for a time a hand-to-hand conflict was had over the gun." During this fierce fighting, he received a severe wound to the right leg and it would be amputated. For his bravery, he received the Medal of Honor. Here is a link to that page: You get a brief regimental service history with the book at no extra charge. As you can see the book has some light wear but the majority of the pages appear to be present and accounted for. This is a nice piece with a real history.

Item #: B3624
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