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Flag of the 2nd Mass. Cavalry, 1865

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Whole plate albumen print showing the Civil War flag of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry, emblazoned with list of the unit's battles, including the fateful final notation "Appomattox Ct. House," by R, J. Chute, Boston, October 1865. Housed in period gilt board mount with photographer's label on reverse as well as a 3-cent tax stamp with apparent cancellation mark of October 12, 1865. Overall dimensions of mount 8 x 10 inches (21x25 cm). Visible area of image 6 x 7 inches (15x18 cm).   Price: $1,200.   ( Inventory# ie00 )

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Image shows some browning / yellowing, as does the mount. Otherwise in excellent condition.

The Massachusetts 2nd Regiment Cavalry, while organized by the Bay State, consisted largely of California volunteers who shipped east at their own expense, beginning with the "California Hundred," organized in San Francisco in 1862 and arrived in Massachusetts in 1863. This California origin is indicated on their flag by the Californian "Eureka" motto and what appears to be the California state seal.

The unit saw extensive service in the Eastern theater and was present during the final campaign which forced Lee's surrender -- as proudly marked by the notation "Appomattox Ct. House" as the last of their listed actions. They also marched in the Grand Review of the Armies held in Washington May 23, 1865, where it seems likely this flag would have been displayed.

A rare, dated period image celebrating the conclusion of America's hard-fought struggle.

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Last updated January 17, 2018
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