America’s Civil War Magazine in its Latest Issue Pictures “12 Unsung Heroes of Gettysburg”… and Capt. Francis Irsch, Co. D 45th New York Infantry is One of Them – Offered is a Page from an Autograph Album that He Signs While in Libby Prison – He was Captured at Gettysburg and Later Awarded the Medal of Honor
For the Gettysburg tour guide the name Francis Irsch is repeatedly mentioned in their telling the story of how Capt. Irsch captured the battle flags of 3 Alabama Regiments and then made a stand in the town of Gettysburg before being overwhelmed. He was taken to Libby Prison where he escaped once, but was recaptured and sent back again to prison.

One way Union Officers would pass the time, and as a way to remember their prison comrades, they would purchase blank autograph books from a prison sutler, and pass them around writing their names, units and hometowns.

This autograph page measures approximately 5 x 8 inches and the autographs are in nice dark ink. A truly wonderful piece of Civil War Medal of Honor and Gettysburg history. We have never seen another war date Francis Irsch piece! We will include a photocopy of the autograph books title page, which could be framed with his autograph.

#G177 - Price $895