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Object Name Certificate
Date 1864
Description Handwritten document, framed. A resolution of thanks to Brigadier General Alfred N. Duffie from the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. This is a handwritten copy (dated the 10th of February, 1864) of a resolution made during the Rhode Island General Assembly's January session of 1864. The document has a preprinted heading with printed and applied seals of the state of Rhode Island and the mark of printer Knowles, Anthony & Co. of Providence. It is housed in a rectangular wooden frame with a gilt inner edge. The overall size of the framed document is 17 inches high by 12 inches wide.
(Keywords: Civil War)
Acquisition Gift of Adele Duffie
Ownership and History French-born Brigadier General Alfred N. Duffie was honored in this document, "for the distinguished bravery, loyalty and fidelity which he manifested while in command of the First Regiment of Rhode Island Cavalry both in the camp and in the field." The preamble indicates the state's purpose, "to recognize the services of those foreign officers who have assisted in doing honor to the State in the war for the suppression of the present rebellion."

Duffie had come to the United States around 1859 after serving in the French military. He married Mary Ann Pelton of Staten Island. This document is part of a collection given to the Staten Island Historical Society by their granddaughter, Adele Duffie, in 1962.
Earliest Date 1864
Latest Date 1864
Subjects Military personnel
Civil wars
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Duffie, Alfred Napoleon
Catalog Number 62.006.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.