Wonderfully carved oversized pipe bowl measuring 3 ¾” in height by 2” wide at the mouth of the bowl. The pipe depicts an eagle perched on a rocky ledge, with the inscription “Cumberland Gap / Co. E. 185 Rgt / W.D. Bailey / O.V.I.” William D. Bailey enlisted in January 1865 in the 1-year 185th Ohio Infantry. The Union Army, Vol. 2: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-65 contains a brief regimental history of the regiment.
One Hundred and Eighty-fifth Infantry. - Col., John E. Cummins; Lieut.-Col., Dennis E. Williams; Maj., Horatio N. Benjamin. This regiment was organized at Camp Chase, Feb. 25, 1865, to serve for one year. It left there on Feb. 27, under orders to report to Gen. Thomas at Nashville, but was detained at Louisville by Gen. Palmer, who applied to Gen. Thomas and obtained permission to retain the regiment in Kentucky. Regimental headquarters were established at Eminence and the companies were scattered through the state from Owensboro to Cumberland gap, the latter place being guarded for several months by four companies of the regiment. Mt. Sterling was guarded by two companies together with a detachment of the 53d Ky., all under the command of Maj. Benjamin. Shelbyville, Lagrange, Greensburg and several other towns were garrisoned at times by companies of the regiment. On Sept. 26 it was mustered out at Lexington, in accordance with orders from the war department.
William D. Bailey - 18 years old. Enlisted on 1/25/1865 as a Private. On 1/25/1865 he mustered into "E" Co. OH 185th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 9/26/1865 at Lexington, KY. Promotions: Corpl 2/27/1865.