30 March 2009 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 5 comments

Many of you are familiar with the incredibly detailed and accurate artwork of Don Troiani. However, you may not be aware of the incredible collection of artifacts–mostly uniform pieces and accouterments–that Don has accumulated over the years.

In an e-mail dialogue with Don over the weekend, I learned that among the items in his collection are one of the bloody gauntlets that Ully Dahglren was wearing when he was killed, as well as his sash. The sash has two bullet holes in it, which tells us where at least two of the fusillade of bullets that killed Ulric Dahlgren found their mark.

Don was kind enough to offer to photograph the gauntlet and sash for me, to give me permission to use the photo in the upcoming bio of Dahlgren, and to grant me permission to post the photo here. Don himself took the picture that you see here.

The Gauntlet and Sash of Ulric Dahlgren

What a find. And with just barely enough time to still include it in the book. Thanks for you generosity, Don. It’s greatly appreciated.

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  1. dan
    Mon 30th Mar 2009 at 10:20 pm

    This is one of the wow moments. I had the same moment when seeing Cleburne’s uniform coat in the Tennessee museum in Nashville. Or, when I was in Massachusetts I saw the uniform coat up close of Col. Paul Revere (son of the famous rider) who was killed leading a Massachusetts regiment at Gettysburg. Civil War history is the key to American history, anybody who says otherwise, well, needs an education.

  2. Michael Lynch
    Tue 31st Mar 2009 at 6:43 pm

    This is pretty darn nifty. The Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum in Philly has some of those “wow” items, too–Meade’s uniform, Grant’s death mask, the saddle Reynolds was sitting on when he got killed. I understand they’re not moving into a new building as they’d planned, which is unfortunate.


  3. Wed 01st Apr 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I have seen photos of Don’s “military warehouse.” His collection could fill a museum or two.

    How come Mr. Troiani makes so few public appearances/signings? I’d like to get some stuff signed and talk with the guy.

    Looks like an interesting book Eric! Didn’t know you had that in the works…

  4. Chris Evans
    Wed 01st Apr 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Neat Photos! The photograph of Dahlgren used on the cover of your book is very interesting too. Looking forward to your book on Dahlgren and the very undertold story of him before the infamous raid and your opinion of the raid itself.

  5. Gary Dombrowski
    Mon 27th May 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Great relics. Given that sashes are fairly long and it probably wrapped around the waist twice. My guess is that it’s not two bullet holes but one that penetrated both layers.

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