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Lot 1338: 143RD INFANTRY OFFICER'S DUFFEL BAG
February 19, 2017
Chesapeake City, MD, USALive Auction
143RD INFANTRY OFFICER''S DUFFEL BAG
A green oiled canvas duffel bad belonging to a captain serving in the 143rd Regiment of the A.E.F. The bag is 24" wide, 28" tall (closed), and custom-lined much like carpet bags of the past, with various vertical segments of leftover cotton fabric so that the officer''s clothes would not become stained by the oily waterproofing. The flap securing the bag has four slits which match four loops on trhe otehr side: a strap would pass through securing the flap, and another strap passes arount the bag vertically. The bag bears the painted identification: "A. A. NICHOSON CAPT. 143RD INF. E. CO." with the added notation to stevedores: "Stateroom" and the blazon of the regiment. Typical staining and wear from age and use. As part of the 72d Infantry Brigade, the 143rd went into the line on Oct. 3, 1917, relieving a regiment of the U. S. 2nd Division. They came under fire on Oct. 10th, and fought through several days of bitter battle to gain the northern bank of the Aisne River by Oct. 12. The regiment was relieved from front line duty on Oct. 28 having taken very substantial losses.