A regiment of volunteers from all over Christendom who banded together to defend
Blessed Pope Pius IX and his temporal sovereignty between 1860 and 1871; their
uniform is a combination of the uniform of the Zouaves of Africa and the one of the
French infantries. This uniform would change the title of “bataillon de tirailleurs” into the
famous “Zouaves Pontificaux.”The New York Herald of 10 June 1868 numbered the
zouaves at 4,592, including 50 Englishmen, 10 Scots, 101 Irish, 14 Americans and 135
Canadians. Even Africa and China were represented. The largest nationality was,
perhaps surprisingly, the Dutch (1,910), followed by the French (1,301).
We offer this exceedingly rare and important gold gilt POW Survivor ladder badge; not
to be confused with the lesser quality brass "ladder badges" that are frequently
encountered. This piece is of the highest quality and displays individually bars
displaying engraved owner’s name and prisons of incarceration. Accompanying this lot
is the actual bullet, an approximately .69-caliber ball that pierced the navy veteran’s
shoulder during the attack on Fort Sumpter, one of the few veterans to survive both
Andersonville and Libby prisons.
Presented with the medal and bullet is a statement written by James Walstead "I was
wounded by this ball in the left shoulder & taken prisoner in the night attack on Fort
Sumter, Charleston, S.C. on the night of the 8th September 1863. The ball was in my
shoulder for five months. I was a prisoner for 13 months and 10 days. James Walstead
Late U.S.S. Powhatan".
Included is Walstead’ s original U.S. Department of the Interior Pension Certificate
noting that he was shot in the shoulder and the above described statement in Walstead’s
hand; and Walstead’ s 1890 Navy Department Bureau of Navigation Certificate of
Discharge. (Included are copies of dozens of records from the National Archives) Also,
the approximate .69 cal. ball is mounted in velvet image case featuring an embossed
patriotic matt measuring 3" x 3.5"; beneath is mounted a 3.5” x 4.5" image case on
which is mounted the beautiful engraved POW medal marked "JAMES WALSTEAD
SURVIVOR OF… Libby, Richmond, Va 1863 / Andersonville, Ga, 1863 / Savannah, Ga,
1864 / Charleston, S.C. 1864".
Frame (Badge & Bullet): 13.5" x 15.5"; Frame: (Pension Certificate & Navy Discharge):
15" x 22.5"
Material: Leather, canvas, tarred linen, and brass
Condition: Excellent save for a 3.5-inch tear above center tab
Additional Information: A Civil War Box Knapsack. Wood frame is covered with
leather, tarred linen, and leather straps.
Major Charles Appleby, American Civil War
A charter member of Lafayette Post #140 of the G.A.R., he served as its commander.
His name is displayed on the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C.,
plaque C-86; he was a white officer who commanded a company of black troops late in
He was born in New York City in 1844 and served in three different regiments during the
Civil War: as a private in the 7th New York State Militia, as a first lieutenant in the 3rd
Regiment [First Lieutenant of Ullman’s Brigade, Colored Troops], While Lieutenant he
took command of 100 men from the brigade, on an expedition to Jackson, Louisiana,
and skirmished with Logan’s command; He was wounded in the arm during the skirmish
near Jackson. Appleby took an active part, with his regiment, in the siege and capture of
Port Hudson, Louisiana, June 1863; engaged in picket and provost duty in Louisiana
and Texas through 1863, 1864 and,1865. He was detailed as Judge Advocate by
General Andrews at Port Hudson, March 16, 1864. At Marshall, Texas he was Provost-
Marshall. Appleby was brevetted Major, May 21, 1866.
Major Charles Appleby’s gravestone. He lay in an unmarked
Green-Wood grave from his death in 1891 until early in the 21st
century, when Green-Wood’s Civil War Project applied for,
received, and installed this V.A. gravestone. Green-Wood is a
living cemetery that brings people closer to the world as it is and
was, by memorializing the dead and bringing to life the art,
history, and natural beauty of New York City. Founded in 1838
and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of
the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had
earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and
became the prestigious place to be buried.
Condition: Considering age and use, excellent, minor small imperfection at tip of
lobster tail as depicted.
Additional Information: 17th century steel burgonet helmet, with folding and pierced
earflaps, ribbed skull, articulated lobster-tail neck guard, and steel visor with adjustable
steel strip for face protection in dark [brown] patina. Armorer’s mark on visor is illegible
and worn through.
A painted stave canteen retaining original soft blue paint; two iron straps, three coper
straps to secure carrying sling. On side displays neatly incised initials “RH”, the other
branded D. COSSA (unidentified). A very old granny label is affixed and reads: “This
canteen was carried through the Revolutionary War”. However, we believe that the
canteen is War of 1812 period. Use-wear to raised and chamfered bung plateau, else
fine. (Diameter: 6.75"; width: 3")
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