hard sided knapsack of coarse tarred linen, canvas, and leather, brass fittings, marked "Chas Appleby/2d Co." and opposing side "NG (script)/7", approximately 16 x 13 x 4 in.; with accompanying copies of service records for Appleby
Note: Charles Appleby was born in New York City in 1844 and began his service duty as a private in the 7th New York State Militia. From there he would ascend to a lieutenant rank as a white officer leading African American soldiers in the 80th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry.
Appleby took part in the June 1863 siege and capture of Port Hudson, Louisiana and was wounded in the arm during a skirmish at Jackson, Mississippi that same year. He was brevetted Major on May 21, 1866 and his name is displayed on the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Provenance: The Estate of Peter H. Tillou, Litchfield, Connecticut
distress and wear to leather throughout commensurate with age and usage, one notable area of material separation, visible interior staining, general dryness to leather straps causing them to curl