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Acquired directly from the Vermont estate and offered at auction some years ago with a number of inscribed books from his personal library (2 included here as additional provenance) this historic Civil War folk art bone ring of Congressional Medal of Honor winner Major Charles G. Gould remains in pleasing original condition with eye appealing natural age patina, good evidence of period wearing and, most importantly, convincing provenance. Initially acquired by us to be retained in our personal collection of Civil War vintage folk art carved bone, (see: www.MaineLegacy.com) we have decided to offer the piece to another appreciative home as our own Civil War collection is focused on Maine related artifacts. With a myriad of resource material in print and on the internet (see: Roster of Vermont Volunteers During the War of the Rebellion 1861-66 - Deeds of Valor / How our Soldier-heroes won the Medal of Honor - The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War ) suffice it to say here that Charles Gould, a resident of Windham, Vermont, was a mere three months into his seventeenth year on August 13,1862 when he enlisted as a Private of Co. G 5th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. Promoted to Corporal, December 27, 1863, Gould was commissioned as Lieutenant of Co. F of the 5th Vermont Infantry before transferring on December 22,1864 to be commissioned into Co. E 11th Vermont Vol. Infantry. Wounded April 2,1865 at Petersburg, Virginia, Gould was awarded the Medal of Honor for Gallantry in assault and capture of Petersburg on that date. Per his Medal of Honor citation Gould was Among the first to mount the enemy's works in the assault, he received a serious bayonet wound in the face, was struck several times with clubbed muskets, but bravely stood his ground, and with his sword killed the man who bayoneted him. Promoted Major by Brevet for his gallantry at Petersburg, Virginia, Gould mustered out on June 19, 1865. After the Civil War he lived and worked in Washington D. C. returning to the family home in Vermont in retirement. He died at age seventy-one and is buried in the Windham Central Cemetery, Windham, Vermont.
While the circumstances of the carving of the bone ring and exactly when he started wearing it have been lost in time, considerable period wear, (significantly heavier on the right side indicating that it was likely worn on the left little finger), and the usual history of these period popular pieces among the lower enlisted ranks, would indicate the ring was likely acquired early in Gould's service and worn throughout the War. As such, this wonderful personal artifact of the hard fought New England Congressional Medal of Honor recipient would have been worn through action at the Battle of Crampton's Gap, Antietam and Fredericksburg, Salem Church, Gettysburg, Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Cedar Creek and finally Petersburg on April 2, 1865 where despite being cut on the head by a sword and bayoneted in both the spine and mouth Gould managed to kill the man who had bayonetted him in the face he was credited with being the first man of the Sixth Corps over the Confederate works. (see: Don Troiani's limited edition print of Gould in action Medal Of Honor Petersburg, April 2, 1865.
Provenance will include our own letter attesting to our knowledge of the estate auction, a copy of the advertisement published by the auctioneer holding the Gould estate sale and a signed statement of provenance by the auction worker / collector who acquired the Gould ring from the estate. Additionally the ring will come with Gould's signed volume of the Gettysburg National Military Park Commission - Annual Reports to the Secretary of War, 1893-1901. While included here simply as remnant of the estate sale, this signed by Gould, hardbound government edition is a nice Gettysburg item in and of itself . Also included as a memento from Charles Gould's Vermont estate will be a copy of Kennon's MANUAL OF GUARD DUTY published by the War Department and inscribed to him in 1891.
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