These shoulder straps were worn on the uniform of BGen. Lansing B. Swan, SNY. Promoted to that rank in 1851.
Mexican War Era Brigadier General’s Shoulder Straps.
These straps were once worn on the frock coat of Brigadier General Lansing B. Swan, of the State of New York National Guard. In 1851, he was appointed by Governor Hunt, to assume command of the 25h Brigade, 7th Division, SNY; a position he held until his death in 1861.
The tie down straps, are in very good condition. One of the straps exhibited a good deal of moth damage and was restored. The black tie downs on one strap show some damage, with on section gone, and one other needing to be re-attached. The straps are approximately 4 inches long. The gold and silver bullion is fine with some age toning.
Lansing B. Swan was born to Joseph and Phebe Swan on May 24, 1809 in Onondaga County, NY. General Swan began is military career with the Rochester Union Grays, a local militia company, becoming its first captain and holding that position for 12 years; then a major in the 54th New York Regiment. In 1851, he was appointed by Governor Hunt, to assume command of the 25h Brigade, 7th Division, SNY; a position he held until his death in 1861.
The image of General Swan in civilian attire was taken circa 1855. It is not included with this lot.
A scarce and desirable set of straps from just after the Mexican War.