[HAWKIN'S ZOUAVES] -- [LYON, Charles W. (1840-1916)]. Archive of uniform accoutrements and ephemera of Charles W. Lyon, 9th New York Volunteer Infantry, WIA at Antietam.

Uniform accoutrements include: Red knitted and felted wool fez with a white-edged binding and thick blue wool cord and tassel (binding toned to light brown). H. approx. 7 1/2 in., diam. approx. 8 1/2 in., tassel L. 17 1/2 in. -- White linen collarless vest with four inset pockets and five mother of pearl buttons, the reverse with an adjustment belt and an "1855" dated brass buckle. Approx. 23 1/4 x 25 in. -- Pair of white linen gaiters with dark blue glass buttons. Approx. 9 x 14 in. 

Wartime insignia include: Embossed silver 9th Corps badge with t-bar pin back, 1 1/16 x 1 1/8 in. -- "9/Z" lead-filled brass fez cap badge with a brass wire loop on the reverse. 3/4 x 15/16 in. -- Cast bronze insignia, possibly a veteran's badge, with a fez pierced in the center "Hawkins. Zouaves" with a surrounding riband inscribed "N. Y. 9 Vols.", reverse with a T-bar pinback, 1 3/4 x 1 15/16 in. 

German silver mounted bone-handled dagger with 4.5" double edge spear point blade, ricasso marked "MANSON / SHEFFIELD" with a brown Moroccan leather scabbard with German silver mounts.


War-date letter from Charles Lyon to his friend, Elisha Crum, referencing General Burnside's Expedition and some unpleasantries of war, Camp Wool, [NC], 29 January 1862. 4pp, 5 x 8 in. (creased at folds, with light soiling/discoloration). With cover (soiling, discoloration, and heavy loss to right edge). Lyon writes: "...Genl Burn-side Expedition has been here nearly four weeks trying to get over the Squash, which is very Shallow water, the greater part of the vessels are over now, but when they will start I know not, our Regt was to go with them, but wither we will or not Remains to be seen, however I hope we will, as we are all Heartily tired of this place, and a change will do us all good...."

[Also with:]

Post-war items including: GAR badge, ribbon and star medal. 1 7/8 x 3 3/8 in. -- Hawkins' Zouave Association. 9th Regt. N.Y.V. First Annual Ball, at Irving Hall, Wednesday Evening, January 18th, 1865. [New York?]: n.p., [1865].  3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. printed ticket with decorative blue border (soiling, heavy creasing, and dampstaining). Numbered in ink, "491" on verso. -- Quarter Centennial Reunion of the Hawkins' Zouaves Association. New York: Dempsey & Carroll, 1886. 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. printed program booklet fastened at top by red, white, and blue ribbons (one page loose, soiling throughout, wear to edges/corners). Program outlines menu and order of exercises for the 25th-anniversary reunion held at Grand View Hotel, New York on 19 April 1886 which featured a reading by General Rush C. Hawkins along with toasts from various officers of the regiment including Captain Charles Curie and General Edward Jardine. -- Roanoke Associates Anniversary of the Battle of Roanoke Island, Feb. 8th 1862. New York: Photo Eng. Co., 1897. 6 x 9 in. printed program booklet fastened at spine with tricolor ribbon (soiling, spotting, and dampstaining throughout, with wear to edges and corners). Illustrated program outlines menu and order of exercises for the 35th-anniversary reunion held at Hotel Manhattan on 8 February 1897. -- Hawkins' Zouaves 50th Anniversary 9th N.Y. Vol's, April 19, 1861, April 19, 1911. Newark, NJ: Whitehead & Hoag Co., 1911. 2 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. red silk reunion ribbon with brass pin (creasing).

Charles W. Lyon enlisted as a private on 23 April 1861, mustering into Company A of the 9th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, "Hawkins' Zouaves," the following month. Lyon joined his regiment in engagements at Hatteras, Roanoke Island, South Mills, and Antietam, where he received a wound to the arm. The regiment mustered out of service on 20 May, 1863, and Lyon went on to become a steamboat captain and then a salesman before his death in 1916 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Provenance:The Civil War Collection of Dennis C. Schurr


Good with normal age and service wear.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

Internet Bidding

Have a Similar Item?

Consign With Us


Cowan’s Cincinnati Office offers an in-house, full-service shipping department which is unparalleled in the auction industry. Shipping costs are provided with your finalized invoice 24-48 hours after auction. For furniture and oversized items, we recommend using third-party services. For more information, click HERE or contact cowansshipping@hindmanauctions.com.  

NOTE: All pickups and preview are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 513-871-1670 or email cincinnati@hindmanauctions.com