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  • Percussion Cap Pouch of Private Eugene Nutting 24th New York Infantry

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    Percussion Cap Pouch of Private Eugene Nutting 24th New York Infantry - Inventory Number:  LEA 323

    U.S. issue Civil War percussion cap box with a smooth, dark brown finish. This example is typical of the early-war pattern with sewn belt loops lacking rivets. The inside of the outer flap is stenciled “E. NUTTING. CO. K 24th N.Y.” Eugene Nutting enlisted in May 1861 as a private in the 24th New York Infantry. The Regiment was heavily engaged at Second Manassas (where it suffered 237 casualties), South Mountain, and the Cornfield at Antietam. Nutting survived the ordeal unscathed and mustered out with the regiment after Chancellorsville. The lamb’s wool lining on this cap pouch is still intact on this example, which is typically missing. A very nice Identified specimen.

    Eugene Nutting - 18 years old. Enlisted on 5/7/1861 at Woodville, NY as a Private. On 5/17/1861 he mustered into "K" Co. NY 24th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 5/29/1863 at Elmira, NY


    Twenty-fourth Infantry.-Cols., Timothy Sullivan, Samuel R. Beardsley, Lieut.-Cols., Samuel R. Beardsley, Robert Oliver, Jr. Majs., Jonathan Tarbell, Andrew J. Barney, Robert Oliver, Jr., Melzer Richards.

    The 24th, the Oswego County regiment, contained nine companies from Oswego county and one from Jefferson. It was mustered into the U. S. service for a two years' term, July 2, 1861, at Elmira, and left for Washington the same day. It first encamped on Meridian hill, but moved to Arlington mills on July 22, and late in September established winter quarters at Upton's hill.

    The regiment was first assigned to Keyes' brigade, which became on Oct. 1, the 1st brigade, 1st division, and on March 13, 1862, the 1st brigade, 1st division, 1st corps,-the "Iron Brigade." In March, 1862, the brigade moved to Centerville, but returned at once to Alexandria, and in April proceeded to Bristoe Station and thence to Fredericksburg.

    During June and July it encamped at Falmouth after a sharp encounter with the enemy at that point in April. It was present during the actions at Rappahannock Station and Groveton and in the second battle of Bull Run lost 237 members in killed, wounded and missing. After a brief rest at Upton's hill, the brigade was again active at South Mountain and Antietam, after which it went into camp at Sharpsburg until late in the autumn, when it moved to Fredericksburg, participated in the battle there, and then established winter quarters at Belle Plain.

    In the Chancellorsville movement the brigade was held in reserve and on May 29, 1863, the 24th was mustered out at Elmira, having lost 91 men by death from wounds and 31 by death from other causes.

    Source:  The Union Army, Vol. 2, p. 67

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     Inventory Number:  LEA 323