Historical society putting in bid for Westmoreland colonel's Civil War garb

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Dressed in the signature blue of the Union Army, Col. Thomas Foster Gallagher led forces into battle during the Civil War.

Now, the Westmoreland County Historical Society is hoping to lead the New Alexandria native's military accoutrements home again.

“It couldn't be more pertinent to Westmoreland County,” society board member and collections committee chairman John Mickinak said of the extensive collection of military items providing a direct link between the county and one of its war heroes.

But the historical society is working against the clock.

The group has just 13 days to gather enough donations for Mickinak to successfully bid for the collection, consisting of two frock coats, two sashes, a sword belt, a trunk and a horse tack, at a Nov. 2 auction.


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New Alexandria man's Civil War uniform coming to Westmoreland historical society.

The Civil War military garb of a New Alexandria man is coming home, provided pledges to the Westmoreland County Historical Society turn into actual cash.

The society was the winning bidder this weekend of a collection belonging to Union Army Col. Thomas Foster Gallagher at an auction in Massachusetts.

“It meant so much to us,” said John Mickinak, society board member and collections committee chairman who bid on the collection by phone. “It belongs with us, the community. It belongs here in Greensburg, in Westmoreland County.”

The society is relying on thousands of dollars in pledges to stream from people, businesses and the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation in Latrobe, Mickinak said. The military accoutrements sold for $8,000.

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