Id’d Civil War Combination Knife, Fork and Spoon Mess Set
Id’d Civil War Combination Knife, Fork and Spoon Mess Set – This combination mess utensil set is in superior condition. It is rather uncommon to find both halves of this type of set together, much less so with a soldier’s name clearly stamped. The knife is die-stamped with the name “G. K. Fegley”, and the handle has the incised initials “G.K.F.” George Fegley saw limited service in the 28th Pa. Independent Infantry, a so-called “emergency unit”, called up by Pa. Gov. Curtin, to help fend off the threat of Lee’s invading army, in the summer of 1863. The utensils of this set are in wonderful shape, with the fork marked “Union Army Knife”. The walnut handles are also in fine condition.
|George Fegley – 28th Independent Infantry – Residence was not listed; Enlisted on 6/19/1863 as a Private. On 6/19/1863 he mustered into “A” Co. PA 28th Indpt Infantry He was Mustered Out on 7/28/1863|
TWENTY-EIGHTH INFANTRY (EMERGENCY TROOPS of 1863)
| Emergency Troops of 1863. – Early in the summer of 1863, rumors were constantly afloat concerning a threatened invasion of border states by the Confederates and in June two new departments were established by the war department – the Department of the Monongahela and the Department of the Susquehanna – in order that the state might be protected from any such movement of the enemy. Volunteers were called for by Gov. Curtin to serve “During the pleasure of the president or the continuance of the war.” Slow to believe that their homes were really endangered, the greatly reduced number of men available for military service hesitated to respond. On June 12, the governor published the notice that the troops requested would be mustered into the service of the United States for six months, or during the existing emergency, as they should themselves elect. In a short time eight regiments were mustered in for the “emergency” and became the 20th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st and 33d emergency regiments. Other companies and organizations volunteered their services and need for them was soon found. The Confederates had occupied Chambersburg and Gettysburg and when it was discovered that the main body of their forces had actually crossed the Potomac, another proclamation was issued by Gov. Curtin on June 26, calling for 60,000 men at once to be mustered into the state service for a term of 90 days and to be discharged as soon as the danger was over. To this urgent message twenty- eight regiments responded and were organized in the two departments previously mentioned, at Huntingdon, Reading, Philadelphia and Harrisburg. A force under Gen. Knipe approached Chambersburg, but found it in the hands of the enemy and was obliged to retire gradually before the advance of Johnson’s di- vision of Ewell’s corps. The Confederates reached Oyster Point, but were withdrawn to Gettysburg on account of the advance of the Army of the Potomac and within a few days was fought the battle of Gettysburg. A portion of the militia joined the Army of the Potomac in Maryland after the battle, but were soon afterward returned to Harrisburg. The emergency regiments were mustered out soon after the battle of Gettysburg, the regiments of militia a little later, various duties within the state requiring their services for a short time. Some were employed at Gettysburg, some at Philadelphia in preserving order, and at other points they rendered valuable service. Twentieth Emergency Infantry. Col., William B. Thomas. This regiment was organized at Philadelphia on June 17, 1863, mustered in to serve during the “Existing emergency” and mustered out Aug. 10, 1863. Twenty-sixth Emergency Infantry. Col., William W. Jennings. This regiment was organized at Harrisburg on June 22, 1863, mustered into the U. S. service for a term covering the “Existing emergency” and mustered out at Harrisburg, July 30, 1863. Twenty-seventh Emergency Infantry. Col., Jacob G. Frick. This regiment was organized at Har- risburg on June 22, 1863, mustered into the U. S. service for a term that should cover the “Existing emergency” and mustered out July 31 and Aug 1, 1863, at Harrisburg. Twenty-eighth Emergency Infantry. Col., James Chamberlin. This regiment was organized at Harrisburg on June 24, 1863, entered the U. S. service for a term that would cover the “Existing emergency,” and was mustered out at Harrisburg, July 27 and 28,1863. Twenty-ninth Emergency Infantry. Col., Joseph W. Hawley. This regiment was organized at Harrisburg on June 23, 1863, mustered in to serve during the “Existing emergency” and was mustered out at Harrisburg on Aug. 1, 1863. Thirtieth Emergency Infantry. Col., William N. Monies. This regiment was organized at Harrisburg on June 25, 1863, to serve during the “Existing emergency”, and was mustered out at Harrisburg on July 26 and 27, 1863. Thirty-first Emergency Infantry. Col., John Newkumet. This regiment was organized at Harrisburg on June 30, 1863, to serve during the “Existing emergency” and was mustered out at Harrisburg Aug. 8, 1863. Thirty-third Emergency Infantry. Col., William W. Taylor. This regiment was organized at Harrisburg on June 26, 1863, to serve during the “Existing emergency” and mustered out at Harrisburg, Aug. 4, 1863. SOLD