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Identified Image of Francis J.Masi and Buckle fresh to the market
Item #: et100
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Superb grouping obtained directly from the descendants of Edward Willoughby Anderson. Anderson and his roommate Francis J. Masi were cadets at West Point when war between the North and South became imminent. On April 18, 1861 E.W. Anderson was the first cadet called upon to take an oath of allegiance and the first to refuse electing to follow his native State, Virginia. Shortly after his roommate Francis I. Masi and 8 other cadets resigned. For many years this grouping has resided in the family until recently. The 1/6 plate Ambrotype in this group was thought to be E.W. Anderson until recently when forensic investigation by Ron Coddington of Military Images Magazine determined it to in fact be Francis J. Masi, Andersons roommate at West Point. Masi served in the Norfolk Virginia Light Artillery during the war. Also in the grouping is E.W. Anderson's rectangular CSA buckle which appears to be jeweler made and is probably his post war UCV buckle. Anderson was commissioned Lieutenant of Engineers in the Virginia Provisional Army. By September 1861, he was attached to the Army of Northern Virginia and served as Assistant Chief of Ordinance on the Staff of Robert E. Lee and later Chief Ordinance Officer to Major General Dorsey Pender and Cadimus Wilcox. Last in the grouping are three of E.W. Anderson's West Point Cadet Buttons

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