I don't beleive that I do.I belong to the General James Gavin Chapter of the 82nd Abn Div Assoc.-here in New England.I will send you our chapter patch as well as the SUVCW Camp#26 Darius Couch patch.As far as I know my SUVCW Camp is the only SUVCW Camp that wears one.
About 5 weeks ago,I received a call from two camp members to come help them remove some pictures from the Taunton,Mass. Highway Dept.Garage.Twenty five years ago,our Gar Hall was seized by eminent domain by the city.The building was padlocked and officials carrried the furnishings away to the highway dept.garage for storage.Recently,the city announced plans to build a newer garage after the old one was torn down.
What happened next was like an archaeological story written by Howard Carter.We carried out 40-50 pictures and many pcs of original GAR furniture.Many of the pictures were 4'x8',3'x5',4'x6'.There were 6 grand,throne like chairs carved out of maple with silver inlay of crosses rifles(1),2crossed sabres,3.crossed cannons,4an anchor,5 anopened Bible and 6.a large chair with GAR#3 in silver inlay.All of the grand chairs were upholstered in red velvet.There were 17-18 smaller chairs that looked like they came from a Wall Street Law Office.These were upholsterewd in red leather with silver rivets.
The pictures have several autographed photos and many battle scenes.We await autographed photos of Wm Mc Kinley,James Garfield and Adm Farragut to be authenticated.There is an unusual 4'x8' pen and ink drawing of Andersonville Prison signed by Chas.O'Dea 16th Maine Inf. a survivor.The outer border has scenes from within the prison.The middle of the drawing shows a keyed map of the prison.
All of the furnishings date from 1868-1870 when our GAR Hall was in its prime.My camp has the unusual problem of having the complete set of furnishings froma wealthy hall but no place to display them.Almost all of the remaining GAR Halls around the country do not have the original furnishings.Check out the SUVCW website describing the GAR Museum currently being restored by the SUVCW at the Ruan Mansion in Phila.Even the Union Bldg in NYC does not have its original furnishings.The Dept. of Mass. Suvcw has asked us not to go public until they can feature a story detailing the recovery of these items.
I would like for you to keep the papers on Samuel and Charles Crawley.I have emailed Jerry Mc Clure and asked for him to send Jarred Crawley's Land Grant papers to you.
I will dig out the notes that I took at theNEGHS on the early Crawley settlers in America.Will send them along as soon as I find them.Please keep in touch!
May God be with you and your family in the New Year!Take care...