Alexander Patrick escutcheon (Dave Finney Collection)

Popular during and after the Civil War, soldier’s would occasionally have an escutcheon, or memorial made, which conveyed in graphic illustration the soldier’s military career. This beautiful work was made on behalf of Alexander l. Patrick of Company B of the Fourth Michigan Infantry. During the war, Patrick delivered the regiment’s mail and also served as the Chief Bugler for Headquarters of the 1st Division, 5th Army Corps. (From the personal collection of David Finney).

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