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William H. Sherman 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery Grouping

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Very nice little grouping attributed to William Sherman of the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery. The Providence, Rhode Island resident would muster as a 3rd sergeant with Company C in October, 1861. In December he would begin serving on detached duty at Tybee Island before working as a carpenter with the Quarter Master’s department in June and July of 1862. He would return the the regiment remaining present for duty until October, 1864 minus one 30 day furlough in November, 1863. The regiment was the largest unit fielded by Rhode Island during the war, with more than 2,000 men serving in it during its existence. It served in a variety of roles, including as both light and heavy artillery, engineers, infantry and cavalry, as well as manning US Navy gunboats. They would see action at a handful of battles in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. This group consists of a small gemtype of William which bears a period ink id on the reverse reading “W.H. Sherman”. Artillery insignia can be seen on top of the cap with the numeral “3” and his company letter “C”. Also included are two 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery reunion ribbons, GAR hat wreath insignia and six GAR coat buttons along with three reunion badges consisting of his GAR Post Commander badge, 3rd Rhode Island Artillery1918 Veteran Association badge and a second beautiful 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery Association badge with crossed cannons. Neat little group from a state you don’t see very often.

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