General Charles C. Dodge's Gold Gilt Sword Buckles



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Superb pair of gold gilded sword hanger buckles formerly belonging to General Charles Cleveland Dodge. Charles would be commissioned a captain with the 7th New York Volunteer Cavalry (1st Battalion New York Mounted Rifles) in December, 1861 at only 20 years of age. Eight months later he would be promoted to colonel of the regiment. All before turning 21 years of age. In November of 1862 his commission to brigadier general was sent to the U.S. Senate for confirmation a mere 10 weeks after turning 21. He would be the youngest general in US history beating Custer by more than 2 years. His promotion would make him the senior cavalry officer at Suffolk, Virginia to the disdain of Major General John Peck who preferred at more experienced officer as chief of cavalry. The department’s commander, John Dix shared General Peck’s views and the two made efforts to supersede Dodge. The head butting eventually resulted in Dodge resigning his commission in June, 1863. He would volunteer his services once more for a brief period during the New York City Draft Riots serving commendably. Each brass buckle measures 3″ x 1″ and is gold gilded. Accompanying the buckles is a letter written in 1916 to Dodge’s daughter by a Mrs. Mary Bancker who discovered the buckles amongst some papers at home attesting to the fact that they belonged to her father and were worn during the war. An original calling card which belonged to the former general is also included. Superb grouping

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