Infantry Lt. Col. Shoulder Straps- Joseph B. Phipps, 4th Maryland Inf. – SOLD

Spanish American War Period.


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A nice pair of lieutenant colonel’s shoulder straps for infantry, belonging to Joseph B. Phipps of the 4th Maryland Infantry, worn during the Spanish American War.

In fine condition and showing just normal wear and toning. They have been on one of Phipps’ uniforms. The quality is excellent. Backed with black wool, with traces of thread remaining.

Phipps was a Civil War veteran of three Indiana regiments during the war, and he was with the 7th Indiana Cavalry for most of his time in service. He later moved to the east and settled in the Baltimore area, and then joined he Maryland National Guard. Later on toward the Spanish American War, he served as a major and Lt. Col. in the 4th Maryland Infantry. He was promoted to full colonel of the 1st Brigade as Adjutant General in June of 1898. When the 1st Maryland was call into federal service during the war with Cuba, they were unable to raise enough men to fill the 3rd Battalion. Col. Phipps volunteered to fill the command position, reverting back to his former rank of Lt. Col. This may have been the straps that came off the uniform that made room for the new full Colonels straps in June of 1898.

There are some of Col. Phipps uniforms and other material up on the site presently.

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