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Lieutenant Geo. L. Raymond, 1st & 12th Vermont, Civil War Archive

A related group consisting of an early war ambrotype and cdv of Raymond as Private in the three-month 1st Vermont, two interim pre-printed documents commissioning Raymond as 2nd Lieutenant (May 1862) then 1st Lieutenant (July 1862) in the 2nd Regiment of Uniformed State Militia, with four more wartime items relating to Raymond’s brief service as 1st Lieutenant in Company B, 12th Vermont including an armed but unsigned CDV, his attributed single first lieutenant's shoulder strap and officer’s belt rig. The premier artifact is the high quality, commercially made brass ID disc featuring a raised bust of George McClellan with Raymond’s personal information stamped on verso. George Raymond was clearly enamored by photography as there are also four different civilian daguerreotypes and a cased ambrotype portrait of the relatively young man taken all before the war.

The key identified photograph is the early uniformed ruby ambrotype of Raymond wearing a heavy wool state-issue enlisted overcoat with cape. Behind the plate is an older scrap of paper inked George L. Raymond on one side continuing with several generations of genealogy on the other, Husband of / Mary J. Daniels / Grandfather of / George Raymond Hale / Great-grandfather of / Priscilla Simmons Hale / Elizabeth Hale. The cdv with Woodstock, VT imprint is a period copy shot of the ambrotype. The paper second lieutenant’s commission measures approximately 16 x 12 in. while the larger vellum first lieutenant’s commission is nearly 18 x 12 in., both signed by the state adjutant general and folded into thirds with state seals intact. The documents were kept in an envelope with an enticing old pencil notation that reads, …should be kept with sword & certificate. In the fine wartime cdv with Woodstock backmark, the goateed Lieutenant Raymond stands straight as an arrow with the missing sword, his kepi showing an embroidered numeral 12. The single shoulder strap is a rigid metal Smith’s patent with sky blue wool center. Raymond’s attributed rectangular eagle plate on brown leather belt bears the impressed numeral 195 B with matching keeper; missing both sword straps. The thick, coin-like ID disk of die-struck brass bears the bust of the popular McClellan surrounded by MAJOR GENERAL Geo. B. McCLELLAN/WAR OF 1861 in raised letters. The maker F.B. Smith appears beneath McClellan’s shoulder. The reverse is neatly stamped in a circle LIEUTENANT GEO. L. RAYMOND/WOODSTOCK. VT. In the center is CO.B./12th REG./VT.V.M.

From Woodstock, Vermont, Private George L. Raymond mustered into the Company B, 1st Vermont in May 1861. The regiment saw action at Big Bethel on June 10, 1861 losing two men killed before mustering out in August. Raymond then served as officer in the uniformed state militia before being commissioned 1st Lieutenant in the nine-month 12th Vermont in August 1862. The regiment was attached to the Washington Defenses and it was here that Raymond resigned on November 24, 1862, two days before he died of some unknown malady.

Condition:The components of the archive are all in VG. condition. The ID disk is still bright with sharp edges and only small surface abrasions, virtually no wear noted on the raised areas The brown leather belt is pliable but somewhat dingy and scuffed. The shoulder strap has one minor moth nip. The commissions with the typical fold lines, else VG. with undamaged edges. The military ruby ambrotype undamaged with strong clarity, housed in a partial composition case. Both military cartes VG., the armed officer view with rounded corners. The five civilian images all VG., undamaged.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,880
12/07/2012

 

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