- May 8, 2015
- Pittsburgh, PA
Did anyone here participate besides me today? It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I bought Lot #21, the silver Waltham pocket watch carried by Lt., and later Major and Lt. Colonel Elial Foote Carpenter of the 49th and 112th NY Infantry (if my memory serves). Carpenter, who was then in command of the 112th, was mortally wounded at Drury’s Bluff on the James River in May, 1864, when he went in search of a lieutenant he had dispatched on a reconnaissance and wandered into a rebel force in the fog. Rejecting a surrender demand, he wheeled his horse and fled, but caught a bullet in the side during his escape. He died 2 days later. Pictures, or a link, to follow.