Original Civil War Suitcase and Canteen of Capt. L.B. Fairbanks of the 3rd Vermont Infantry
Sergeant L.B. Fairbanks Capt. L.B. Fairbanks
Capt. Fairbanks Capt. Fairbanks, 3rd Vt. and Capt. Fairbanks’ Wife
Original Civil War Suitcase and Canteen of Capt. L.B. Fairbanks of the 3rd Vermont Infantry – This rare example of a Civil War period suitcase of a Union officer remains in overall good condition. Boldly stenciled on one side of the case is: “Capt L.B. Fairbanks 3rd Vt. Vols”. When we obtained this suitcase, Fairbanks’ M1858 smoothside canteen remained inside; the canteen is in excellent condition, with a complete cover, pleated cotton shoulder strap and it original stopper and chain. The suitcase’s leather is supple and a fine, russet color. The case does have some seam openings and is missing the lock, although the brass hasp is still in place. The interior, lined in linen, is soiled, but intact. The exterior top and bottoms of the case are decoratively embossed and have attractive brass, domed tacks. Both original leather handles remain in place and in strong condition, as does one closure strap. We have had several officer’s trunks, but this is the first Civil War suitcase we have seen, much less Id’d. Capt. Fairbanks had an impressive war record, which is enumerated below. We will provide to the buyer, a compendium of our thorough research of Capt. Fairbanks’ life.
Luke B. Fairbanks
|Residence Bethel VT; Enlisted on 7/1/1861 as a Corporal. On 7/16/1861 he mustered into “F” Co. VT 3rd Infantry He Re-enlisted on 12/21/1863 He was Mustered Out on 7/11/1865 at Burlington, VT He was listed as: * POW (date and place not stated) (Paroled) * Wounded 4/16/1862 Lee’s Mills, VA * Paroled 1/21/1863 (place not stated) Promotions: * Sergt * 1st Lieut 6/26/1864 (As of Co. H) * Capt 8/31/1864 (As of Co. C) Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 6/26/1864 from company F to company H * 8/31/1864 from company H to company CENGAGEMENTS. Lewinsville, Va., Sept. 11, 1861. Lee’s Mills, Va., April 16, 1862. Williamsburg, Va., May 5, 1862. Golding’s Farm, Va., June 26, 1862. Savage’s Station, Va., June 29,1862. White Oak Swamp, Va., June 30, 1862. Crampton’s Gap, Md., Sept. 14, 1862. Antietam, Md., Sept. 17, 1862. First Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1862. Marye’s Heights, Va., May 3, 1863. Salem Heights, Va., May 4, 1863. Fredericksburg, Va., June 5, 1863. Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863. Funkstown, Md., July 10, 1863. Rappahannock Station, Va., Nov. 7, 1863. Wilderness, Va., May 5 to 10, 1864. Spotsylvania, Va., May 10 to 18, 1864. Cold Harbor, Va., June 1 to 12, 1864. Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864. Reams’s Station, Va., June 29, 1864. Ft. Stevens, Md., July 11, 1864. Charlestown, W. Va., Aug. 21, 1864. Opequan, Va., Sept. 13, 1864. Winchester, Va., Sept. 19, 1864. Fisher’s Hill, Va., Sept. 21 and 22, 1864. Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864. Petersburg, Va., March 25 and 27, 1865. Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865.
3rd VT Infantry