Veteran’s Photo & Badges, 32nd NY SOLD

Also known as the 1st California Regiment.


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A great grouping of badges for Civil War veteran, George W. Cole, a private in Co. D, 32nd New York Volunteers, as known as the 1st California Regiment.  He was mustered in on Sept. 20, 1861 to May 9, 1863.

The regiment got the name “1st California Regiment from its colonel, Roderic Matheson, a native from New York. He recruited in the east, composed of men who were from California, and eventually were incorporated into the 32nd NYV. They saw action at Yorktown, Seven Days Battle, Gaine’s Mills, White Oak Swamp, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and more.

The group consists of Cole’s Grand Army membership badge (numbered), a 1902 ribbon badge- Grand Review at Washington, and his 32nd NY veteran’s badge.  The best part is the tintype of him wearing this on his G.A.R. uniform coat.

The condition of the badges is excellent, the tintype, recently placed in image case, has some wrinkles, and scuffing, but most clear to see these very badges. A great group with a great history.

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Weight 3 lbs