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Israel Taylor McCowen, 12th Ohio Infantry Handkerchief

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Original Handkerchief in Ohio Historical Society collection

This handkerchief is a reproduction of the handkerchief carried by Israel Taylor McCowen (1841-1864), 12th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, who was killed at the Battle of Lynchburg on June 17, 1864.  McCowen held the rank of First Sergeant when he died at Lynchburg.

The handkerchief is 100% silk and measures 19 x 24 inches.   

The 12th Ohio was organized at Camp Dennison, OH, in May 1861.  They served in western Virginia until August 1862 when it was transferred to the Army of the Potomac.  The regiment participated in the battles of Second Bull Run, South Mountain, and Antietam.  In the fall of 1862 the regiment was transferred to western Virginia, again, and did efficient service until the spring of 1864 when it joined Hunter's expedition to Lynchburg, VA.  The regiment then mustered out of service July 11, 1864. 

The original of this handkerchief is in the Ohio Historical Society and this reproduction was made with their permission and cooperation. 

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  • 5
    Israel Mccowan Handkerchief

    Posted by Kirk Womack Jr. on 8th Dec 2020

    This is an excellent reproduction, very lightweight and barely noticeable in the pocket. Printing is clear and the colors are fantastic! Can't wait to use it next event!

  • 5
    Silk Handkerchiefs are a Must for Primitive Outdoorsmen

    Posted by Dave Rodgers on 14th Sep 2020

    This is an excellent reproduction and fully serviceable to its design. Silk is superior to cotton in regards to tensile strength and its ability to continue wicking and cooling through the hottest weather. Numerous period accounts speak of silk handkerchiefs and their value. They were even a popular item with the Native Fur Trade. Whether round my neck or in my hat brim, this silk handkerchief serves me well in the Arizona Territory as it gives great relief to my core temperature. Because it is silk, it still draws out my body heat when damp and is superior to cotton for that reason alone.

  • 5
    First rate as always

    Posted by mike on 13th Oct 2019

    I am more than satisfied at the quality of the handkerchiefs i have purchased so far. I am too old now to reenact any more, but i still collect authentic items when i can.

  • 5
    Very nice

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th Sep 2018

    Very nicely made and quite handsome!

  • 5
    look no further

    Posted by Unknown on 11th Feb 2017

    Great piece

  • 5
    A light, wonderful handkerchief

    Posted by Rob Braun on 1st Apr 2016

    I'm much of a silk handkerchief guy, but this item changed my mind. Light and airy on a hot day. Great style, and practically unnoticeable in the pocket. I'm sold!

  • 4
    Israel Taylor McCowen

    Posted by Steve on 2nd Feb 2016

    was very satisfied with this kerchief

  • 5
    being a private in the 9th Regt OVI, I'll take a repro of a 12th Regt OVI's hankie any day.

    Posted by David Musser on 3rd Dec 2015

    Great service, great hankerchief

  • 5

    Posted by Tom Johns on 15th Oct 2015

    Personally, I prefer cotton handkerchiefs for actual use but I had wanted a silk one for display and living history and this one is a beaut!

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