Day is co-editor for the upcoming anthology, “Trust & Treachery” and also a policy advisor with USDOL. She lives in Washington, DC in a house with too many swords, comic books and political treatises. This is a personal weblog with occassional blog posts chronicling my life, interests, and thoughts.
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Officer’s Dress Cartridge Box
American leather officer’s dress cartridge box with wide shoulder strap. Oral provenance relates that this belonged to Captain George Gumbart, Battery E., 2nd Illinois Light Artillery. Worn as an insignia of rank, this is a small, high quality baldric with false-embroidered brass cross cannons on flap of box. Fancy, black leather shoulder strap is trimmed with red leather edges denoting artillery. On the strap are a showy brass American eagle and two metal vent picks on chains which slide into a heavy, high quality, brass and silver American shield. This is obviously American made and not a European import. Captain Gumbart was severely wounded in the left eye, neck and side at Fort Donelson. He lost sight in his eye, but later recovered to be appointed chief of artillery for the 4th Division, 16th Corps. Purchased in July 1987 from an Evanston, Illinois antique dealer who represented it as having come directly from the family. Cowan’s Auctions.