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  • Pattern 1851 Saber Belt Worn by Lt. John E. Ronk, 27th New York Infantry and 1st New York Veteran Cavalry

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    Pattern 1851 Saber Belt Worn by Lt. John E. Ronk, 27th New York Infantry and 1st New York Veteran Cavalry - Inventory Number: LEA 312

    Bridle leather model 1851 saber belt worn by Federal enlisted cavalrymen (and occasionally officers) during Civil War. Complete with an original regulation 1851 pattern brass eagle belt plate with applied German silver wreath and matching keeper. The belt includes its original shoulder sling to support the weight of the saber. Both long and short leather saber straps and brass saber hook are absent. Constructed of smooth out bridle leather, the belt exhibits surface crazing but is very supple and flexible. The inside surface of the belt is inscribed of flowing penmanship “Lieut. John E. Ronk 27th NY Inf. 1st NY Vet Cavalry.” Ronk enlisted as a sergeant in the 27th New York Infantry in May 1861, was promoted to 2nd lieutenant in March 1862, and resigned in November of that year. In October 1863 he re-enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant and served out the war with the 1st New York Veteran Cavalry. A nice ID’d belt that shows hard use from many campaigns.

    John E. Ronk:

    Residence was not listed; 18 years old.

    Enlisted on 5/2/1861 at Binghamton, NY as a Sergeant.

    On 5/21/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. NY 27th Infantry

    He Resigned on 11/13/1862

    Promotions:

    * 2nd Lieut 3/9/1862

    John E. Rouk

    Residence was not listed; 20 years old.

    Enlisted on 10/10/1863 at Geneva, NY as a 2nd Lieutenant.

    On 10/10/1863 he was commissioned into "F" Co. NY 1st Vet Cavalry

    He was Mustered Out on 7/20/1865 at Camp Piatt, WV

    Promotions:

    * 1st Lieut 10/21/1864

    NEW YORK TWENTY-SEVENTH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY. (Two Years)

    Twenty-seventh Infantry.-Cols., Henry W. Slocum, Joseph J. Bartlett, Alexander D. Adams, Lieut.-Cols., Joseph J. Chambers, Alexander Duncan Adams, Joseph H. Bodine; Majs., Joseph J. Bartlett, Curtiss C. Gardiner, Joseph H. Bodine, George G. Wanzer.

    The 27th, the "Union Regiment," was composed of three companies from Broome county, one company from each of the following counties:  Westchester, Wayne, Monroe, Wyoming and Orleans, and two companies from Livingston.  It was mustered into the U. S. service for a two years' term at Elmira on July 9 and 10, 1861, to date from May 21, and left the state for Washington on July 10.

    It was quartered at Franklin Square until July 17 and on that day advanced toward Manassas, assigned to the 1st brigade, 2nd division, and received its baptism of fire in the battle of Bull Run, where 130 members were killed, wounded or missing, Col. Slocum being among the wounded.

    The command was withdrawn to Washington after the battle and again occupied its old camp at Franklin Square until late in September, when it was ordered to Fort Lyon and there attached to Slocum's brigade, Franklin's division.  On March 13, 1862, it became a part of the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 1st corps, Army of the Potomac, and in May the division was assigned to the 6th corps.

    The regiment left camp for the Peninsula in April, participated in the battle of West Point, the siege of Yorktown and the Seven Days' battles, suffering heavy losses at Gaines' mill and Malvern hill.  It was more fortunate at the second Bull Run, where it was present but not closely engaged.  The regiment then participated in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg, established winter quarters at Belle Plain, shared the discomforts of the "Mud March," lost 19 members killed, wounded or missing in the Chancellorsville campaign in May, 1863, and soon after returned to New York.  It was mustered out at Elmira May 31, 1863, having lost during its term of service 74 members by death from wounds and 74 by accident, imprisonment or disease.

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    Inventory Number: LEA 312