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THORN, Walter
[Archive]: Walter Thorn Papers
[Brooklyn, New York], 1910. Very Good. A small archive of letters, documents, and related personal papers of Walter Thorn (1844-1920), a white Union Army officer who was awarded the Medal of Honor while serving with the 116th Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops in Virginia. A prominent civic leader and attorney in Brooklyn, New York, he was an outspoken abolitionist during the Civil War who served in two New York Infantry units before becoming second lieutenant in the 116th Infantry, an African-American regiment from Kentucky, where he rescued a picket guard at the Dutch Gap Canal in Virginia. He attained the rank of Brevet Major and won several medals for hand-to-hand combat and bravery during the war.After the war Thorn held federal, county and local government posts, served as Captain of the New York National Guard, and was active veterans' organizations. In the early 1900s he served as commander of the Medal of Honor Legion and President of the War Veterans and Sons Association.The archive is comprised of a scrapbook and two file-folders containing clippings and printed ephemera relating to Thorn's Civil War and postwar activities and awards; one file folder of printed and manuscript documents relating to Thorn's appointments to Deputy Sheriff and other Brooklyn government posts; and 12 Autographs of Civil War officers and other prominent friends, including 27th Vice President James S. Sherman, and Civil War Major General Henry Ware Lawton, a fellow Medal of Honor winner killed during the Philippine--American War. Also included are about 20 typed letters and several draft m … [Click Below for Full Description]
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