Ceremonial wooden baton with silver metal accents, inscribed “D.K. Cross. / Lt Col. and A.D.C. / Centennial Celebration / June 17th 1875/ Presented by the City of Boston,” 15.5 in.
Daniel K. Cross (1837-1896) of Hanover, New Hampshire, enlisted in 1861 as a Sergeant Major in the famous 5th New Hampshire Infantry, a regiment destined to earn the distinction of having suffered more killed and wounded in battle than any other Federal infantry unit. An accomplished soldier, he quickly rose to the rank of Lieutenant and fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. On November 6, 1863, General John C. Caldwell recommended his appointment to Aide-de-Camp, writing "Whatever praise should be awarded a gallant, intelligent, and indefatigable staff officer is due to him." At the City of Boston's 1875 Bunker Hill Centennial celebration. Lt. Col. Cross participated in a ceremonial procession through Boylston, Tremont, and Beacon Streets ending at the Massachusetts State House. A program from the event notes his position in the parade with Colonel Thomas L. Livermore, Major Dexter H. Follett, and members of the Fourth Division of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.
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