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Almon Libbey Varney U.S. Army Regalia M300

Title:
Almon Libbey Varney U.S. Army regalia
Creator:
Varney, Almon Libbey
ID:
M300
Date [inclusive]:
1865-1904, undated
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Personal effects, chiefly post-Civil War, late nineteenth-century U.S. Army regalia; also includes military documents and biographical materials.
Preferred Citation:

Almon Libbey Varney U.S. Army Regalia, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Almon Libbey Varney was born April 5, 1839, at Windham, Maine, to Joel and Jane (Lowell) Varney. After a year at Tufts College he entered Bowdoin's Class of 1862 as a sophomore. In 1861 he volunteered with the 13th Maine, where he was appointed lieutenant, rising to the rank of captain in 1862. Commissioned as second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps of the regular army in 1865, Varney was promoted to first lieutenant in June 1874, captain in October 1874, major in 1891, and lieutenant colonel in 1901. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1903 and was commissioned colonel, retired in 1904.

Varney married Hannah Josephine Gibson in 1866. He died on December 25, 1922, in Washington, D.C., survived by his sons, Gordon Edward Varney and Theodore Varney.

Personal effects, chiefly post-Civil War, late nineteenth-century U.S. Army regalia. Military attire includes Almon Libbey Varney's U.S. Army officer's kepi, sash, shoulder boards, and dress epaulettes. The collection also includes military certificates, printed War Department material, biographical and genealogical information concerning Varney, and his Bowdoin College diplomas.

Biographical and genealogical information concerning Varney

Box 1 Folder 1

Bowdoin College diplomas, A.B., and A.M., 1865

Archives 1.3.2

Certificate, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (signed by Rutherford B. Hayes), 1890 Mar 5

Ovsz-Box E

Certificate, U.S.A. Officer's Commission: Colonel, Retired (signed by Theodore Roosevelt), 1904 May 23

Ovsz-Box E

Printed document - War Department Circular No. 23, 1898 Jul 15

Box 1 Folder 2

Printed document - War Department commission transmittal form with autograph additions, 1901 Oct 25

Box 1 Folder 3

Sword belts (one cloth, one leather), each with Union officer's rectangular belt buckle

Box 3

U.S. Army dress epaulettes (Lieutenant Colonel), with contemporary metal epaulette case

Box 1

U.S. Army officer's kepi

Box 1

U.S. Army officer's ostrich-plume dress hat

Box 2

U.S. Army officer's sash

Box 3

U.S. Army parade shoulder scales, two sets (Lieutenant Colonel; Colonel)

Box 3

U.S. Army shoulder boards, two sets (Major; Lieutenant Colonel)

Box 3
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