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Originally published by Civil War Times magazine. Published Online: May 24, 2012 
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Dexter D. Pearce

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Dexter D. Pearce of Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, enlisted early in the summer of 1861 and soon found himself serving as the regiment’s articifer, or skilled mechanic. In this image he’s wearing the uniform that garnered the unit its nickname, the “Rhode Island Red Legs”—a reference to a stripe running down each pant leg. His coat bears Rhode Island state seal buttons and an unknown badge that may have been specific to his unit, as well as a rare M1839 US waist belt plate. Pearce’s unit saw service in no less than 24 engagements, from First Bull Run to their final fight at Reams Station. Dexter survived his term of service, mustering out unscathed. Image Copyright Matthew Fleming.

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