Rare Civil War Traveling Bed or Cot Contained within a Trunk
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Rare Civil War Traveling Bed or Cot Contained within a Trunk


Rare Civil War Traveling Bed or Cot Contained within a Trunk – These camp cots are exceedingly rare, although this is the second example that Perry Adams Antiques has had; the first cot / trunk we had was stenciled with the name of an officer in the 16th NY infantry and was constructed by Strong of Washington, DC. This version, manufactured by a different company (we cannot find contractor’s marking on this trunk), is somewhat different from the first one we had. This trunk, like the Id’d NY trunk, opens long-wise, to reveal a foldout series of canvas-covered frames that serve as a cot. The interior of the trunk provides a linen-lined carrying space for the soldier’s personal items. The leather cover of this trunk was decoratively stamped and embossed, and the heavy, brass trunk lock is impressively large and constructed in a somewhat ornate design. There are several finely crafted, brass, sliding devices to keep the canvas cot in place when it is not being used; all of these well-crafted devices are patent dated to 1859. The cot is in superb condition, as is most of the interior, although the latter is soiled. The leather exterior covering of the trunk is in fair condition, with some small areas missing, revealing the wood body of the trunk. Overall, this rare item is in wonderful, highly displayable shape. The trunk measures as follows:

We obtained the trunk from the relatives of a long time collector; the collector assigned a verbal attribution of Civil War ownership (he obtained the trunk from the original owner’s family) to a Dr. S.L. Jones. Jones, born in Pennsylvania in 1832, came to Monroe, Michigan in 1855. He began his medical practice in 1864, after graduating from the medical department of the University of Michigan.  At the age of 32 years, he enlisted on 12/30/1864 at Detroit, MI as a Private, mustering into “E” Co. MI 30th Infantry . He was discharged for promotion on 4/18/1865, and on 5/6/1865, he was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the MI 11th Infantry.  Dr. Jones was mustered out on 9/16/1865, at Nashville, TN.   Promotions listed as: Hospital Steward 1/10/1865,   Asst Surgeon 3/1/1865 (As of 11th MI Infantry)   Other Information: died 2/5/1898  Buried: Summerfield, MI.

Samuel L. Jones

Residence Deerfield MI; 32 years old.  Enlisted on 12/30/1864 at Detroit, MI as a Private.  On 12/30/1864 he mustered into “E” Co. MI 30th Infantry  He was discharged for promotion on 4/18/1865  On 5/6/1865 he was commissioned into Field & Staff MI 11th Infantry  He was Mustered Out on 9/16/1865 at Nashville, TN   Promotions: * Hospital Steward 1/10/1865  * Asst Surgeon 3/1/1865 (As of 11th MI Infantry)   Other Information: died 2/5/1898  Buried: Summerfield, MI


30th Michigan Infantry

Organized: Detroit, MI on 1/9/65
Mustered Out: 6/30/65 at Detroit, MI Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 0
Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 1
Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 0
Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 17


Michigan Thirtieth infantry (One Year)

     The Thirtieth was organized at Detroit, for a special purpose.  The confederate sympathizers and rebel refugees in Canada were becoming so outspoken in their sentiments and so  bold in their actions that a raid was anticipated on the towns  and cities on the Michigan side of the river, and as a matter  of safety it was deemed expedient to organize a regiment of  Michigan troops to prevent the occurrence of such an event.       General Hooker, then in command of the department, suggested to the Secretary of War that a regiment be recruited  to protect the border along the Detroit river and lakes from  any attack of confederates known to be in Canada, and the  Governor of Michigan was given authority by the Secretary of  War to organize a regiment whose term of service should be one  year for this purpose.       The Thirtieth was quickly recruited and mustered into service Jan. 9, 1865, with an enrollment of 995 officers and men. 

The field, staff and line officers at organization were as  follows:       Colonel, Grover S. Wormer, Detroit.  Lieutenant Colonel,  John D. Sumner, Charlestown.  Major, Samuel E. Graves, Adrian.   Surgeon, John Willett, Flint.  Assistant Surgeon, Theron T.  Hubbard, Saginaw.  Second Assistant Surgeon, Owen Ellison, Jr.,  Jackson.  Adjutant, Jerome W. Turner, Corunna.  Quartermaster,  William W. Wade, Jonesville.  Chaplain, Lyman H. Dean, Morenci.       A.  Captain, William S. Atwood, Detroit.  First  Lieutenant, Henry G. Wormer, Detroit.  Second Lieutenant,  Elbert H. Pennell, Superior.       B.  Captain, William Belles, Chesterfield.  First  Lieutenant, Charles C. Lamb, Mt. Clemens.  Second Lieutenant,  Barlow Davis, Pittsfield.       C.  Captain, John M. Farland, Detroit.  First Lieutenant,  George W. Finley, Oshtemo.  Second Lieutenant, William J.  Clarke, Northville.       D.  Captain, David D. Marshall, Tecumseh.  First  Lieutenant, Simeon M. Babcock, Adrian.  Second Lieutenant,  Willis C. Humphrey, Saline.       E.  Captain, John Pigney, Eagle River.  First Lieutenant,  William H Smith, Farmington.  Second Lieutenant, William A.  Atchinson, Farmington       F.  Captain, James T. Morgan, Muskegon.  First Lieutenant,  George Fowler, Fowlerville.  Second Lieutenant, Albert D.  Benjamin, Fowlerville.       G.  Captain, George A. Douglass, Hillsdale.  First  Lieutenant, William C. Campbell, Hillsdale.  Second Lieutenant,  John A. Forbes, Hillsdale.       H.  Captain, Henry T. Kimmel, Niles.  First Lieutenant,  Ansel J. Kane, Richland.  Second Lieutenant, John N. Ferris,  Kalamazoo.       I.  Captain, William E. Christian, Flint.  First  Lieutenant, George H. Brooks, Orangeville.  Second Lieutenant,  Henry M. Mason, Flint.       K.  Captain, Fayette Smith, Bridgeport.  First Lieutenant,  Lasel C Brewer, Owosso.  Second Lieutenant, John H. Barnes,  Portland.       The companies of the regiment were stationed along the  Detroit and St. Clair rivers and accomplished what the regiment  was organized for, and though no actual fighting was  participated in by the regiment its duty was performed  thoroughly and well.       The regiment continued in service until June 30, 1865,  when it was mustered out of service. 

Total enrollment…………………………………….998

Died of disease………………………………………15

Discharged for disability………………………………2  





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