Grand Army of the Republic
State Badges
21 Michigan Infantry Badge

Offered is a neat badge worn by members of the 21st Michigan Infantry at their 37th Annual reunion.  The badge consists of a celluloid pin with the likeness of the membership badge of the Grand Army of the Republic on it.  Attached to the right side is a red, white, and blue ribbon.  Written on the ribbon is "37th Annual Reunion - 21st Michigan Infantry".  The badge is made by the Whitehead & Hoag Company of Newark, New Jersey as noted by the stamping on the back of the pin.  The ribbon is supported by a small piece of acid free tape to support the connection to the pin.

21st Michigan Infantry Regimental History
Twenty-first Michigan Infantry. — Cols., Ambrose A. Stevens, William H. McCreery; Lieut. -Cols., William L. Whipple, Morris B. Wells, Loomis K. Bishop; Majs., Isaac Hunting, Seymour Chase, Benton D. Fox. This regiment was organized at Ionia and was mustered in Sept. 4, 1862. It left the state Sept. 12, reported at Cincinnati, was sent to Louisville, entered upon the march through Kentucky, and was in the battle of Perryville, rendering efficient service. It reached Nashville Nov. 12, and joined the advance towards Murfreesboro, being engaged at Lavergne, Stewart's creek and at Stone's river, where it lost 17 killed, 85 wounded and 37 missing. It was with Sill's brigade, Sheridan's division, which blocked the enemy and saved the army. It remained on picket and guard duty at Murfreesboro until June, when it moved to Tullahoma, and was afterward stationed at Cowan, Anderson's station and Bridgeport. On Sept. 2, it advanced into Georgia, participated in the battle of Chickamauga, with the same brigade as at Stone's river, and was in the hottest of the fight after the breaking of the line by Longstreet. Sheridan's division was forced back, but in good order, and by a charge drove the enemy back and regained its position. Being unsupported, it was again driven back, the 21st losing 11 killed, 58 wounded, 35 missing and 3 prisoners. It was detached to form part of the engineer brigade and was engaged in that work during the engagement at Missionary ridge. It was stationed near Chattanooga until June, 1864, building a bridge and erecting storehouses. On June 11 it was ordered to Lookout mountain, engaging in building hospitals, running mills, and on picket duty. It was relieved from engineer duty in September and joined Rousseau's forces in pursuit of Forrest into Alabama. It was ordered to Chattanooga, and Dalton, Ga., in October, and received orders on Nov. 1 to join the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 14th army corps, for the march to the sea. It moved to Milledgeville, then toward Augusta, but changed its course and marched to Savannah, where the regiment was in the trenches on short rations and without covering until Dec. 18. After the evacuation it refitted for the Carolina campaign, proceeded to Sister's ferry, where it crossed the Savannah river Feb. 5, was in the engagement at Averasboro, and was heavily engaged at Bentonville, losing 92 officers and men killed and wounded out of 230. It reached Goldsboro on March 25, after a 64 days' march, with an issue of but 12 days' rations. It moved to Haywood, where it remained until Johnston's surrender and then marched to Richmond, 280 miles, in less than 8 days. It participated in the grand review at Washington and was mustered out June 8, 1865. Its original strength was 1,108: gain by recruits 369; total 1,477. Loss by death, 368.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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Price: $65.00 USD

8 & 18 Indiana Infantry and 1 Battery 1910 Reunion Ribbon

Offered is a great ribbon worn by members of the 8th Indiana Infantry, the 18th Indiana Infantry, and the 1st Indiana Battery at their reunion held in Richmond, Indiana in 1910.  This great ribbon has a list of the battles these units fought in on the ribbon.  Written above and below the list of battles is "Thirty-Fifth Annual Reunion of the OLD BRIGADE ASSOCIATION - 8th & 18th Infantry and 1st Battery Indiana Volunteers - Richmond, - Indiana - October 19, 1910".  An interesting thing about this ribbon is that all the later Virginia battles are shown as West Virginia!  The badge company must not have been paying attention.  The ribbon is approximately 8 3/4 inches tall and 1 7/8 inches wide.

8th Indiana Infantry Regimental History
Eighth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., William P. Benton, David Shunk, John R. Polk; Lieut. -Cols., Silas Colgrove, David Shunk, Charles S. Parrish, Alexander J. Kenny, John R. Polk, Joseph M. Thompson; Majs., David Shunk, Charles S. Parrish, Thomas J. Brady, Alexander J. Kenny, John R. Polk, Joseph M. Thompson, Jacob Widaman. This regiment was first organized for the three months' service at Indianapolis, in April, 1861, and was mustered in April 25. It left the state on June 19, and moved to Clarksburg, thence to Buckhannon, W. Va., where it was assigned to Gen. Rosecrans' brigade. It participated in the battle of Rich mountain and then went into camp at Beverly. It was mustered out at Indianapolis, Aug. 2, 1861. Its original strength was 784, and it lost by death, 7; desertion, 15 ; unaccounted for, 1. The regiment was at once reorganized at Indianapolis, and was mustered in Sept. 10, for three years. It left the state the same day and joined Fremont's Army at St. Louis, Mo., from which place it moved to Jefferson City and was assigned to Col. Jefferson C. Davis' brigade. It moved to Springfield, thence to Otterville, and on Dec. 17, marched to Warrensburg and assisted in capturing 1,300 of the enemy. It was in camp at Otterville until Jan. 24, 1862, when it moved to Springfield, joining Gen. Curtis' command, and thence to Cross Timbers, Ark. It participated in the battle of Pea Ridge, was then in camp until April, and moved then to Sulphur Rock, Ark. On June 22, it moved for Helena, skirmished at the White river, was in the engagement at Cotton Plant July 7, and reached Helena July 13. It was in a skirmish at Austin in August, was sent to Sulphur hill, near St. Louis, Oct. 6, and was engaged in various movements during the fall and winter. It was ordered to join Grant's forces at Milliken's bend, La., Mar. 5, 1863, and was assigned to Benton's brigade, Carr's division, 13th corps. It was engaged at Port Gibson, Jackson, Champion's hill, Black river bridge, and in the siege of Vicksburg, losing 117 in killed and wounded in the assault of June 22. July 5, it moved to Jackson returning on the 24th, and remained at Vicksburg until Aug. 20, when it moved to Carrollton to join Gen. Banks in his campaign through the Teche country. It took part in the capture of the fort on Mustang island, Tex., then moved to Indianola, where 417 out of 515 reenlisted as veterans, and were furloughed home in April, 1864. Upon returning to New Orleans it embarked, July 27, for Morganza bend, and was in the engagement at the Atchafalaya the next day. It was then ordered to Washington, D. C, reaching there Aug. 12, and marching to Berryville, Va., was assigned to the 19th corps with which it participated in the Shenandoah Valley campaign. It was engaged at the Opequan, Fisher's hill, and Cedar creek, and left Virginia, Jan. 6, 1865, by steamer for Savannah, Ga. It was on duty in Georgia until Aug. 28, 1865, when it was mustered out. Its original strength was 1,046, and it gained by recruits, 190; reenlistments, 46; unassigned recruits, 17; total, 1,299. It lost by death, 245; desertion, 75; unaccounted for, 47.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

18th Indiana Infantry Regimental History
Eighteenth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Thomas Patterson, Henry D. Washburn; Lieut. -Cols., Henry D. Washburn, DeWitt C. Thomas, Jesse L. Holman, William S. Charles, James C. Black, Josiah Campbell; Majs., DeWitt C. Thomas, Jesse L. Holman, John C. Jenks, Jonathan H. Williams, James C. Black, Napoleon H. Daniels. This regiment was organized at Indianapolis, and was mustered in on Aug. 16, 1861, for three years. It left the state the next day for St. Louis and accompanied Fremont into Missouri. On its return it moved with Pope's army to the Blackwater and aided in the capture of a large number of prisoners. In Feb., 1862, it marched to Cross Hollow, Ark., and in an engagement near Leesville in March its brigade saved another from capture, the 18th recapturing the guns of the Peoria artillery. The regiment participated in the advance at Elkhorn Tavern, when the enemy was forced from the field, and then marched for Helena, Ark., being engaged at Cotton Plant early in July and reaching Helena on the 13th. On Oct. 11, it moved for southeastern Missouri, where it passed the winter, and was transferred to Grant's army in the spring of 1863, participating in the engagement at Grand Gulf. At Port Gibson it captured a stand of colors and some artillery; was engaged at Champion's hill, Black River bridge, and at Vicksburg from May 19 until its fall, being in the assault on the enemy's works and the first to carry its colors to the parapet. It was in the Bayou Teche campaign and other operations in Louisiana during the fall, and on Nov. 12 embarked for Texas. It was engaged at Mustang island, and in the attack on Fort Esperanza. It reenlisted at Indianola in Jan., 1864, and was furloughed home, stopping at Baton Rouge to aid in repelling a force about to attack the garrison there. It was ordered to Virginia in July, joined Gen. Butler's forces at Burmuda Hundred, and was engaged in several severe skirmishes at Deep Bottom. It was then transferred to Washington and assigned to the 2nd division, 19th corps, which joined Sheridan's army in Virginia. It participated in the battle of the Opequan, losing 54 killed and wounded; aided in the defeat of Early at Fisher's hill; fought at Cedar creek, where it lost 51 killed and wounded and 35 prisoners ; took transports for Savannah Ga., Jan. 6, 1865, and was engaged for three months in building fortifications. It was detached May 3, and sent to Augusta, Ga., raising the Stars and Stripes over the arsenal for the first time since the beginning of the war. It returned to Savannah on June 7, was sent to the southern part of the state, and was mustered out Aug. 28, 1865. Its original strength was 1,056. Gain by recruits, 140; reenlistments, 359; total, 1,555. Loss by death, 180; desertion, 53; unaccounted for, 156.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

First Indiana Light Artillery Regimental History
First Indiana Light Battery. — Capt., Martin Klauss. This battery was organized at Evansville and was mustered into the U. S. service Aug. 16, 1861. Its first service was with Gen. Fremont in Missouri, assisting in the capture of 950 prisoners at Blackwater creek in December. Late in Jan., 1862, as part of Gen. Jeff C. Davis' division, it moved toward Springfield, encountering the Confederates under Gen. Price and pursuing them to Cross Hollow, Ark. It was next in the operations against Gen. Van Dom, and was active in the battles of Leetown, Elkhorn Tavern and Pea Ridge. It then encamped at Cross Timbers for about a month, when it moved toward Forsyth, over the Ozark mountains to Sulphur Rock, where it remained until late in June, when it marched to Helena, Ark., reaching there July 13. In October it was ordered to Ironton, Mo., and marched from there through southeastern Missouri to Milliken's bend in March, 1863, where it was assigned to the 13th Army corps. It was engaged at Port Gibson, Champion's Hill and the Big Black river, after which it went into position in the front of Vicksburg, where it was engaged until the surrender. It took part in the siege of Jackson and after its evacuation it returned to Vicksburg and went into camp. It moved to New Orleans in August and accompanied Gen. Franklin's expedition into the Teche country in the fall. In early March, 1864, the battery moved with Banks' expedition up the Red river, taking part in the battles of Sabine cross-roads and Yellow Bayou. When the army fell back to Grand Ecore the battery was assigned to the 16th corps and was engaged daily in repelling the enemy's constant attacks upon the retiring army until Morganza was reached, when it returned to its old corps and proceeded to New Orleans. Capt. Klauss having resigned, First-Lieut. Lawrence Jacoby of the 1st Mo. artillery, was promoted captain, and a number of the men reeenlisted as veterans at New Orleans. The non-veterans returned home in the fall of 1864 and were mustered out at Indianapolis. The battery took an active part in the siege and capture of Spanish Fort, near Mobile, in the spring of 1865; moved to Montgomery after the surrender of Mobile and remained there until ordered home for muster out. It was mustered out on Aug. 22, 1865.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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13 Indiana Cavalry 1897 Ribbon

Offered is a crisp ribbon worn by veterans of the 13th Indiana Cavalry at their reunion held in Indianapolis in 1897.  The ribbon is of yellow color and has black writing on it.  Written on the ribbon is "10th Annual Reunion of the 13th IND. VOL. CAVALRY, Indianapolis, Ind. - Sept. 14, 1897.".  The ribbon is approximately 7 1/2 inches tall and 2 1/4 inches wide.

13th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry

Overview:Organized at Indianapolis, Kokomo and New Albany, Ind., December 23, 1863, to April 29, 1864. Left State for Nashville, Tenn., April 30, 1864. Attached to District of Northern Alabama, Dept. of the Cumberland, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 7th Division, Wilson's Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to February, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Military Division West Mississippi, to May, 1865. Dept. of Mississippi to November, 1865.

Service:Duty at Nashville, Tenn., till May 31, 1864. Moved to Huntsville, Ala., May 31, and Garrison duty there till November. Repulse of Buford's attack on Huntsville September 30-October 1. Companies "A," "C," "D," "F," "H" and "I" moved to Louisville, Ky., October 16, to draw horses and equipment; thence moved to defence of Paducah, Ky. Duty at Paducah till November 1. Moved to Louisville, Ky.; thence to Nashville, Tenn., and to Lavergne November 30. To Murfreesboro December 1. Owens' Cross Roads December 1. Siege of Murfreesboro December 5-12. Murfreesboro December 8-9 and 13-14. Near Paint Rock Bridge, Ala., December 7 (Detachment). Moved to Nashville December 19. Companies "B," "E," "G," "K" and "L" participated in the Siege of Decatur, Ala., October 26-29. Battles of Nashville, Tenn., December 15-16, Hillsboro December 29 and Leighton December 30. Regiment moved to Vicksburg, Miss.; thence to New Orleans, La., and to Mobile Bay February 11-March 23, 1865. Campaign against Mobile and its defences March 23-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 9. Capture of Mobile April 12. Grierson's Raid through Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi April 17-May 22. Garrison duty in Dept. of Mississippi till November. Mustered out at Vicksburg, Miss., November 18, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 14 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 125 Enlisted men by disease. Total 142.[1]

Predecessor Unit 131st Regiment Volunteers

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1904 Indiana Grand Army of the Republic State Pin Back

Offered is a nice pin back from the 1904 Grand Army of the Republic Indiana State Encampment held in Warsaw - Winona, Indiana.  The pin back has a scene of Lake Winona on it.  Written around the scene is "Warsaw - Winina - 25th Enc'mt Indiana G.A.R. - 1904".  The pin back is approximately 1 1/4 inches wide.  

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Price: $35.00 USD

4 Iowa Cavalry Ladder Badge

Offered is a ladder badge from a great Western cavalry unit.  The badge was worn by members of the 4th Iowa Cavalry.  The badge has three bars and a shirld.  A yellow ribbon is attached to the hanger of the badge.  Written on the bars and shield of the badge is "Co. E - 4 - IOWA - VOL. CAV.".  


The 4th Iowa Cavalry was organized at Camp Harlan in Mount Pleasant, Iowa beginning in September 1861, and mustered in for three years service under the command of Colonel Asbury B. Porter. Companies A, E, and F mustered November 23; Companies B, C, D, I, K, and M mustered November 25; Company G mustered November 27; Company L mustered December 24; and Company H mustered January 1, 1862.

The regiment was attached to 2nd Division, Army of Southwest Missouri, Department of Missouri, to July 1862. District of Eastern Arkansas, Department of Missouri, to December 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, District of Eastern Arkansas, Department of the Tennessee, to January 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, XIII Corps, Department of the Tennessee, to May 1863. Unattached, XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August 1863. Winslow's Cavalry Brigade, XVII Corps, to May 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, XVI Corps, to July 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, District of West Tennessee, to November 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Wilson's Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to December 1864. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, District of West Tennessee, to February 1865. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to June 1865. Department of Georgia to August 1865.

The 4th Iowa Cavalry mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia on August 10, 1865 and was discharged at Davenport, Iowa on August 24, 1865.

Detailed service

Duty at Camp Harlan until February 1862. 1st Battalion moved to St. Louis, Mo., February 26, 2nd Battalion February 28 and 3rd Battalion March 3, 1862. At Benton Barracks, Mo., until March 10. Ordered to Rolla, Mo., March 10; thence to Springfield, Mo., and duty there until April 14. Expedition to Salem, Mo., March 12–19, 1862 (Companies F and L). Ordered to join Curtis at Batesville, Ark., April 14. Skirmish at Nitre Cave, White River, April 18 (Companies G and K). Talbot's Farm, White River, April 19 (Companies E, F, G, and K). Skirmish, White River, May 6. Little Red River June 5. (Company F detached for duty with Chief Commissary and as provost guard at Helena, Ark., May 1862 to April 1863.) Mt. Olive June 7, 1862 (Company F). Gist's Plantation July 14, 1862 (Company F). March to Helena, Ark., June 11-July 14. Duty at Helena until April 1863. Polk's Plantation September 20, 1862 (Company D). Expedition from Helena to LaGrange September 26 (2 companies). Jones' Lane or Lick Creek October 11 (Companies A, G, and H). Marianna and LaGrange November 8. Expedition from Helena to Arkansas Post November 16–21, and to Grenada, Miss., November 27-December 5. Oakland, Miss., December 3. Expedition to Big and Little Creeks March 6–12, 1863. Big Creek March 8. St. Charles and St. Francis Counties April 8. Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., April 28–30. Reconnaissance to Bayou Macon May 1–4. March to New Carthage May 5–8. (Company G detached on courier duty at Young's Point, La., during May.) Fourteen-Mile Creek May 12–13. Mississippi Springs May 13. Hall's Ferry May 13 (detachment). Baldwyn's Ferry May 13 (detachment). Jackson May 14. Haines Bluff May 18 (Company B). Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 18-July 4. Engaged in outpost duty against Johnston between Big Black and Yazoo Rivers. Mechanicsburg May 24 and 29. Expedition from Haines Bluff to Satartia and Mechanicsville June 2–8 (detachment). Barronsville June 18. Bear Creek or Jones' Plantation June 22 (Companies A, F, I, and K). Big Black River, near Birdsong Ferry, June 22 (detachment). Hill's Plantation, near Bear Creek, June 22. Messenger's Ferry, Big Black River, June 26. Advance on Jackson July 5–10. Siege of Jackson July 10–17. Near Canton July 12. Bolton's Depot July 16. Bear Creek, Canton, July 17. Canton July 18. Raid from Big Black on Mississippi Central Railroad and to Memphis, Tenn., August 10–22. Payne's Plantation, near Grenada, August 18. Panola August 20. Coldwater August 21. Expedition to Yazoo City September 21-October 1 (detachment). Brownsville September 28. Morris Ford, near Burton, September 29. Expedition toward Canton October 14–20. Brownsville October 15. Canton Road, near Brownsville, October 15–16. Near Clinton and Vernon Cross Roads October 16. Bogue Chitto Creek October 17. Robinson's Mills, near Livingston, October 17. Louisville Road, near Clinton and Brownsville, October 18. Expedition to Natchez December 4–17 (Companies C, H, I, K, L, and M). Near Natchez December 7. Meridian Campaign February 3–28, 1864. Big Black River Bridge, February 3. Raymond Road, Edwards Ferry, Champion Hill, Baker's Creek and near Bolton's Depot February 4. Jackson and Clinton February 5. Brandon February 7. Morton February 8. Meridian February 9–13. Hillsborough February 10. Tallahatta February 13. Meridian February 14. Near Meridian February 19. Veterans on furlough March 4 to April 24. Reported at Memphis, Tenn., April 24. Non-veterans at Vicksburg, Miss., until April 29; then moved to Memphis. Sturgis' Campaign against Forrest April 30-May 12. Sturgis' Expedition to Guntown, Miss., June 1–13. Ripley June 7. Brice's Cross Roads, near Guntown, June 10. Ripley June 11. Smith's Expedition to Tupelo, Miss., July 5–21. Near Ripley July 7. Cherry Creek July 10. Plenitude July 10. Harrisburg Road July 13. Tupelo July 14–15. Old Town or Tishamingo Creek July 15. Smith's Expedition to Oxford, Miss., August 1–30. Tallahatchie River August 7–9, Hurricane Creek and Oxford August 9. Hurricane Creek August 13, 14 and 19. College Hill August 21. Oxford August 22. (Forrest's attack on Memphis August 21, Company G.) Moved to Little Rock, Ark., September 2–9. Campaign against Price in Arkansas and Missouri September 17-November 30. Moved to Batesville and Pocahontas, Ark.; thence to Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Jefferson City and Independence, Mo.. Trading Post and Fort Scott, Kansas, Pea Ridge and Fayetteville, Ark., Tahlequah and Webber's Falls, Indian Territory, returning via Pea Ridge, Springfield and Rolla to St. Louis. Engaged at Brownsville September 28. Morris Bluff September 29 (Company D). Little Blue October 21. Independence October 22. Westport, Big Blue and State Line October 23. Trading Post October 25. Marias Des Cygnes, Osage, Mine Creek October 25. Charlot Prairie October 25. At St. Louis until December 9; then at Louisville, Ky., until February 1865.

A detachment at Memphis, Tenn., September 1 to December 20, 1864. Scout near Memphis November 10. Skirmish on Germantown Pike, near Memphis, December 14, detachments of Companies A and B. Grierson's Raid on Mobile & Ohio Railroad December 21, 1864 to January 5, 1865. Okolona, Miss., December 27, 1864. Egypt Station December 28. Franklin January 2, 1865. Rejoined regiment at Louisville, Ky., January 15, 1865. Dismounted men of the regiment moved from Memphis, Tenn., to Louisville, Ky., January 2, 1865. Moved to Gravelly Springs, Ala., February 1865, and duty there until March 20. Expedition to Florence March 1–6. Wilson's Raid to Macon, Ga., March 20 to May 10. Company G served as escort to General Emory Upton, Commanding Division. Montevallo March 30. Near Montevallo March 31. Six-Mile Creek March 31. Ebenezer Church April 1. Selma April 2. Fikes Ferry, Cahawba River, April 7. Wetumpka April 13. Columbus, Ga., April 16. Capture of Macon April 20. Duty at Macon and Atlanta, Ga., until August.


The regiment lost a total of 254 men during service; 4 officers and 51 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 5 officers and 194 enlisted men died of disease.


Colonel Asbury B. Porter Colonel Edward Francis Winslow Lieutenant Colonel Simeon D. Swan - commanded at the siege of Vicksburg Major Abial R. Pierce - commanded at the battles of Westport and Mine Creek Notable members[edit] Sergeant Norman F. Bates, Company E - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Columbus, Georgia Private Edward J. Bebb, Company D - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Columbus, Georgia Private Richard H. Cosgriff, Company L - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Columbus, Georgia Private Nicholas Fanning, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action at the battle of Selma Private John H. Hays, Company F - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Columbus, Georgia Private James P. Miller, Company D - Medal of Honor recipient for action at the battle of Selma Corporal Richard H. Morgan, Company A - Medal of Honor recipient for action at Columbus, Georgia Private Charles D. Swan, Company K - Medal of Honor recipient for action at the battle of Selma

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63 Illinois Infantry Shield/Ladder Badge

A neat badge worn by members of the 63rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  The two piece badge is made in two pieces.  The top hanger has "CO. I' on it.  The bottom drop is in the shape of the 16th Corps badge.  Written on the drop is "63 Ill. VOL. INF.".  

63rd Illinois Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
63rd Illinois Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 4, Revised by Brigadier General J.N. Reece, Adjutant General, 1900       View Entire Book

Regimental History
Sixty-third Illinois Infantry. — Cols., Francis Moro, Joseph B. McCown ; Lieut.-Cols., Joseph B. McCown, Henry Glaze, James Isaminger; Majs., Henry Glaze, Joseph K. Lemen, Joseph R. Stanford. This regiment was organized at Camp Dubois, Anna, Ill., in the month of Dec, 1861, and was mustered into the U. S. service, April 10, 1862. It was ordered to Cairo on April 27 and to Henderson, Ky., July 12. It operated in Tennessee until the spring of 1863, when it became a part of the forces in the Vicksburg campaign. On June 16 it participated in the fight and destruction of Richmond, La., and then returned to Young's point, where it remained until after the surrender, and went on post duty at Vicksburg July 5. It moved to Tennessee in November and participated in the battle of Missionary ridge. On Jan. 4, 1864, 272 men of the regiment reenlisted as veterans and on April 3 were ordered to Illinois on veteran furlough. Returing to the front they rejoined the command at Huntsville and the regiment did railroad guard duty till November, when it moved with Sherman on the march to the sea, participating in the attack on Ogeechee canal. On Jan. 19, 1865, it started on the trip through the Carolinas and participated in the battles and skirmishes of that famous campaign, losing 1 officer and 25 men by the explosion of an arsenal at Columbia, S. C, and 5 men at Little Lynch's creek, besides several men who were captured at different times by the enemy's cavalry. The regiment was in the battle of Bentonville, N. C, and three days later entered Goldsboro. It participated in the grand review at Washington and for several days camped 3 miles north of the city. On July 13, 1865, it was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., and left for Camp Butler, Ill., where it arrived three days later. Its original strength was 988 men and 272 arrived at Camp Butler on July 16, 1865.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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Price: $445.00 USD

Massachuset Monument Dedication at Antietam Badge

A super badge worn by Massachusetts veterans at the 1898 Massachusetts monument dedication at Antietam battle field.  The hanger and the drop are made of a bronze type metal.  Written on the hanger is "MASSACHUSETTS".  A off white ribbon is attached to the hanger.  The drop is attached to the ribbon.  On the drop is the coat of arms of the State of Massachusetts.  Written on the back of the drop is "Dedication . Antietam. Monument. - Antietam. MD.  1898.".  Photos not included.
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132 Pennsylvania Infantry 1909 Antietam Monument Badge

A great badge worn by members of the 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry who attended the 1909 regimental reunion.  The badge has a metal hanger with "Member" on it.  A United States flag ribbon is attached to the hanger. A celluloid disk is attached to the ribbon as the hanger.  On the celluloid disk is a likeness of the 132nd Pennsylvania monument at Antietam.  Written around the statue likeness is "Antietam Memorial - 132nd PA. VOLS.".  On the back of the celluloid disk is a likeness of a Second Corp badge.  Written around the Second Corps likeness is "Annual Reunion 132nd PA. VOL. Regimental Ass'n - Scranton, PA, Sept. 17, 1909".  The celluloid sisk is approximately 1 3/4 inches wide.  The cmplete badge is approximately 4 5/8 inches tall and 2 inches wide.

The 132nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 3 officers and 70 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 40 enlisted men by disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Antietam.

AugustOrganized at Harrisburg for nine months service under Colonel Richard A Oakford, former colonel of the 15th Pennsylvania and Lieutenant Colonel Vincent M. Wilcox.
August 19Moved to Washington, D.C. and duty there
September 2Ordered to Rockville, Md. and attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
September 6-22Maryland Campaign
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The 132nd was commanded by Colonel Richard A. Oakford until he was killed in the assault on the Sunken Road. Lieutenant Colonel Wilcox then took command.

From the monument on the Antietam battlefield:

Casualties at Antietam, Killed 30, Wounded 114, Missing 8, Total 152

From the brigade marker on the Antietam battlefield at the Sunken Road:

Kimball’s Brigade, following Weber and Morris, encountered the enemy in the Bloody Lane and in the cornfield to the south.

The contest there was of the most desperate character, and continued until afternoon when, supported on the left by Richardson’s Division, the Brigade attacked the enemy and gained the Bloody Lane.

An attack on the right flank was made and repulsed by a change of front of the Ohio and Indiana Regiments, forming the right wing of the Brigade in its final assault on the enemy’s position.

September 22Moved to Harper’s Ferry. Lt. Colonel Wilcox was promoted to colonel and Charles Albright promoted to lieutenant colonel.
October 1-2Reconnaissance to Leesburg
October 30-November 17Advance up Loudon Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va.
NovemberAttached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg
January – AprilDuty at Falmouth. Colonel Wilcox was discharged for physical disability due to persistent chronic diarrhea. Lieutenant Colonel Albright was promoted to colonel and Captain Joseph Shreve to major.
April 27-May 6Chancellorsville Campaign
May 1-5
Battle of Chancellorsville
May 24Mustered out

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124 Pennsylvania Infantry 1904 Antietam Monument Dedication Badge

A hard to find badge worn by veterans of the 124 Pennsylvania Infantry at their monument dedication in 1904 at Antietam battle field.  The badge has a celluloid hanger with the likeness of the monument on it.  Written around the monument is "Dedication of Monument Antietam, Sept. 17, 1904".  A white/beige ribbon is attached to the celluloid hanger.  Written in gold colored ink on the ribbon is "20th Annual Reunion - 124th P.V. Association".  A pair of U.S. flags are sewn on the middle of the ribbon.  The badge was made by the Whitehead & Hoag Compnay of Newark, New Jersey as noted on the back of the celluloid hanger and the attached manufacturing label on the back of the ribbon.  The celluloid hanger is approximately 1 3/4 inches wide, and the complete badge is approximately 6 7/8 inches by 2 3/8 inches wide.
124th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument

124th Regiment
Pennsylvania Volunteers

Seven companies of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Regiment, A,C, E, F, G, I, and K, were recruited in Chester county, and three B, D,and H, in Delaware. They rendezvoused at Camp Curtin, near Harrisburg,but before an organization could be effected, they were ordered to Washington, and proceeded thither on the 12th of August, 1862, under command of the senior Captain, Joseph W. Hawley. Upon their arrival, they went into camp near Fort Albany, two miles south-east of the Capital, and on the 17th a regimental organization was effected, with the following field officers:
  • Joseph W. Hawley, of Chester county, Colonel
  • Simon Litzenberg, of Delaware county, Lieutenant Colonel
  • I. Law. Haldeman, of Delaware county, Major
On the 7th of September the regiment was ordered to Rockville, Maryland,where, upon its arrival, it was assigned to the First Brigade, First Division,of the Eleventh Corps. Having been but a little more than three weeks recruited, and most of this time having been given to change of camps requiring heavy details for fatigue duty, little attention had been given to drill, when, on the afternoon of the 9th, it was ordered upon the march to meet the enemy.

Crossing South Mountain on the evening of the 15th, it followed up the retreating foe to the banks of the Antietam Creek, where he was found strongly posted. As the regiment moved rapidly in advance of the trains, rations in haversack soon became exhausted. Fresh beef was delivered during the evening of the 16th, but scarcely had it been received when the regiment was ordered into line, and moved rapidly to the support of General Hooker, incommand of the right wing of the army.

" It was ordered to the front," says Major Haldeman in his official report,'" at seven A. M. On reaching the extreme edge of the woods on the east side of the corn-field, our line was formed and stationed in a position behind the fence. We were then ordered to advance, our right extending across the road, and beyond the grain-stacks. We were led in line into the corn-field about twenty paces, and ordered to halt, as we could not distinguish our own troops. We were then ordered to fall back to the edge of the corn-field, and takle position again behind the fence, which was done in good order. We were again ordered to advance, when the right, after proceeding about one hundred yards, received a raking fire fiom theenemy in the woods, which was responded to by repeated volleys from ourmen; but the fire from our left, and from a battery of the enemy on the right,compelled us again to fall back to the stacks. A battery was now pla ted onthe hill, between the wood and the corn-field, opposite the stacks, and the rightwing of the regiment was ordered to its support. The left wing followed upthe advance through the corn-field making successful charges upon the enemy,until it was also ordered to the support of the batteries. The enemy's gunswere silenced, and at three P. M., the regiment was ordered to the rear, whereit was directed by General Hancock to remain in readiness to support batteriesupon the right; but not being required, it bivouacked upon the field duringthe night."

The loss in this engagement was fifty in killed and wounded. Lieutenant Isaac Finch received a mortal wound from which he died on the 20th of October. Colonel Hawley was among the wounded.

On the day following the battle, the regiment was employed in burying thedead, and on the 19th started for Pleasant Valley, reaching it on the 20th,after a severe march. It was subsequently posted on Maryland Heights, butagain returned to its old camp at Pleasant Valley, where it was transferredto a brigade commanded by General Kane. On the 30th of October, Kane's Brigade was ordered to London Heights.

On the 8th of November a reconnoissance was made, up the valley, by a detachment of the regiment consisting of one hundred men, with two pieces of artillery, which returned at daylight on the following morning, bringing in abandoned stores of the enemy.In consequence of the alarm of the pickets on the mountain, on the night ofthe 16th, the regiment was ordered, with a portion of the brigade, to the support of a battery posted thereon, remaining until the 19th. The heavy guns which had been mounted on Maryland Heights, sufficiently commanding the position, the garrison was relieved and returned to camp. Whilst here, drill and discipline were studiously prosecuted.

On the 10th of December, upon the eve of the movement upon Fredericksburg, the Twelfth Corps, which had been held in the neighborhood of Harper's Ferry, was ordered forward, and by forced marches over almost impassable roads and swollen streams, in the bleakwintry weather, arrived across the Occoquan on the 15th. The fighting at Fredericksburg being over, it was ordered to re-cross the Occoquan on the 17th, the regiment returning to Fairfax Station.

On the 28th it was again put upon the march to meet Stuart's Cavalry, but failed to find it. On the 8th of January, the brigade made a reconnoissance to the vicinity of Wolf's RunShoals, returning without encountering opposition. On the 19th the brigadeagain broke camp and crossing the Occoquan, joined with the army in Burnside's second campaign, and after toiling painfully through the mud and underdrenching rains, the trains and artillery being moved only by the most vigorous efforts, it finally rested at Stafford Court House, the campaign havingbeen abandoned.

On the 21st of March, the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth, and the OneHundred and Twenty-fifth, which had been brigaded with it, were transferredto Geary's Division of the Twelfth Corps, General Kane being transferredwith them, and taking command of the brigade to which they were assigned.

At daylight of the 27th of April, the regiment, with eight days' rations,marched on the Chancellorsville campaign. Crossing the Rappahannock inrear of the Eleventh Corps, the Twelfth moved on to Germania Ford, whereits progress was impeded by the troops in advance, and did not reach theChancellor House until three P. M., of the 30th. Line of battle was immediately formed, the position of the regiment falling in the right wing of thecorps.

On the following morning, May 1st, the brigade advanced, and soonencountered the enemy's pickets, pushing them back into the woods beyond.Having attained a position considerably in advance of the main line, its safetywas much endangered by a flank movement of the enemy, and it was withdrawn to the original position of the previous evening, where, during thenight, it was busily employed in throwing up breast-works, being compelledfor want of intrenching tools to use bayonets and tin plates. During theearly part of the following day, the enemy shelled the line at intervals, and atthree P. M., the brigade was again ordered to advance, the regiment movingalong the Fredericksburg Plank Road, and forming line of battle in the woods,where the enemy, concealed from view, had fortified. Unable to move himfrom his position, the brigade fell back, and at five returned to the breastworks, reaching them just as the broken troops of the Eleventh Corps camepouring in from the extreme right. Geary's Division was at once faced undera heavy artillery fire of the enemy, to meet the threatened storm, and succeeded in holding its position until ten on the morning of the 3d, when theenemy, having outflanked it on the right, compelled it to fall back to a secondline of defense which had been taken up, more contracted, and easily held.

Onthe 6th the regiment re-crossed the river, and returned to its camp at Acquia.On the 9th, the term of service having expired, it was relieved from duty, andreturned to Harrisburg, where, on the 16th, it was mustered out of service.

Source:  Bates, Samuel P. History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg, 1868-1871.


Organized at Harrisburg August, 1862.
Left State for Washington, D.C., August 12.
Camp near Fort Albany, Defences of Washington, till September 7.
March to Rockville, Md., and attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division,
12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1862.
2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, to January, 1863.
2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, to May, 1863.


Maryland Campaign September 7-24.
Battle of Antietam, Md., September 16-17.
Burying dead September 18.
March to Pleasant Valley, Md., September 19-20.
At Maryland Heights till October 30.
At Loudon Heights till November 8.
Reconnoissance up the Shenandoah Valley November 8-19.
Near Harper's Ferry till December 10.
March to Fredericksburg, Va., December 10-15; thence to Fairfax Station.
Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24, 1863.
At Stafford Court House till April 27.
Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.
Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5.
Ordered to Harrisburg, Pa., and there mustered out May 16, 1863.


Regiment lost during service:

1 Officer and 17 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded
and 36 Enlisted men by disease.

Total 54. 

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McMillen Post No. 122, South Charleston, Ohio Pin Back

A nice pin back worn by Union veterans who were members of the McMillen Post No. 122 of South Charleston, Ohio.  The pin back has a woman holding a U.S.flag putting a wreath on a G.A.R. monument.  Written around the graphics is "McMillen Post No. 122, Ohio".  The badge was made by the Sommer Badge Manufacturing Company of Newark, New Jersey as noted in the back of the pin back.  The pin is approximately 1 1/4 inches wide.

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10 New York Heavy Artillery Pin Back

A nice pin back worn by G.A.R. members who supported DeWitt C. Hurd of New York for the Department of New York Commander.  DeWitt C. hurd was in the 10th New York Heavy Artillery from 1862 until 1865.  This neat pin has a photo likeness of Hurd in the middle of the pin.  Written around the photo likeness is "For Department Commandr G.A.R. - DeWitt C. Hurd".  The badge was made by the Sommer Badge Manufacturing Company, Newark, New Jersey.  The pin back is approximately 1 3/4 inches wide.

Dewitt C. Hurd

Residence was not listed; 21 years old.

Enlisted on 8/8/1862 at Ellisburgh, NY as a Private.

On 8/19/1862 he mustered into "E" Co. NY 10th Heavy Artillery 
He was Mustered Out on 6/23/1865 at Petersburg, VA

* Qtr Master Serg 9/11/1862 
* Sergt Major 2/14/1865 

Intra Regimental Company Transfers:
* 9/11/1862 from company E to Field & Staff 

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Lewis S. Pilcher, U.S. Army Steward New York Pin back

A neat pin back worn by G.A.R. members who supported Lewis S. Pilcher for the Department of New York Commander, G.A.R.  The pin has a likeness of Pilcher in the middle.  Pilcher is wearing four badges in the photo.  One is a Mollus medal and another is a one star G.A.R. officers badge.  I can't quite tell the other two badges.  The pin back is approximately 1 1/4 inches wide.  It was made by the Whitehead & Hoag Company of Newark, New Jersey.  Written around the likeness is "For Department Commander - Lewis S. Pilcher - U.S. Grant Post 327".

Lewis S. Pilcher

Residence was not listed; 
Enlisted on 3/1/1862 as a Hospl Steward.

On 3/1/1862 he mustered into US Army Hospl Stewards 
He was discharged (date not stated)
 (Estimated date of enlistment)

Other Information:
born in 1845
Member of GAR Post # 327 (U. S. Grant) in Brooklyn, NY
Held GAR Offices:
* National Rules & Regs Committee for 1931
died in 1934 
Buried: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

The following was submitted by:  Research by Jack R. Box,

Lewis S. Pilcher is a famous surgeon / author / journal editor.
he wrote several books on treating wounds [with graphic illustrations]
his bio indicates 
- he was a hospital orderly
- he was a Navy surgeon in the Civil War era; 
  albeit, it may have been post war

the SUVCW grave registration reports him 
  hospital orderly, regular army

Lewis S. Pilcher, surgeon general

      New York

      served 5 years as a Navy surgeon

      M.D. ( 1845–1934), who served for 50 years as the first editor of the Annals of 

      Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York 

      GAR US Grant Post
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Monongahela Veterans Memorial Pin Back

A neat pin back worn by veterans at the Monongahela, Pennsylvania veteran's memorial.  The pin back has the monument in the middle of the pin.  Written around the monument is "Veterans Memorial - Monongahela, PA".  A Union shield is underneath the words "Monongahela, PA".  The pin back was made by the Whitehead & Hoag Company of Newark, New Jersey as noted in the back of the pin back.  The pin back is approximately 7/8 inches wide.

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Monongahela, Pennsylvania Soldier's Memorial Pin Back

A nice celluloid pin back worn by veterans at the Monongahela Soldier's Memorial in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.  The likeness of the memorial is in the middle of the pin back.  Written around the likeness is "Monongahela Soldier's Memorial - May 30th".  The badge is made by the American Art Works, Coshocton, Ohio as noted in the back of the pin back.  The pin back is approximately 7/8 inches wide.

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Johnny Clem, the Drummer Boy of Chickamauga, 1933 Pin Back

A neat pin back from the 1933 Grand Army of the Republic Department of Ohio 67th Annual Encampment held in Newark, Ohio.  The pin back has Major General John L. Clem's likeness in the middle of the pin back.  Written around the likeness is "67th Annual Encampment - Dept. Ohio G.A.R. - Maj. Gen. John L. Clem - Newark, Ohio  June 18 - 22, 1933".  The pin back is approximately 1 1/2 inches wide.  The pin back was made by the Lilley Company, Columbus, Ohio as noted in the back of the pin back.

John Clem
Drummer Boy of Chickamauga
Civil War
August 13, 1851 – May 13, 1937

When President Abraham Lincoln in May 1861 issued the call for volunteers to serve in the Union army for a three year term, one of those who tried to answer was Ohio resident John Clem. Not yet 10 years old, Clem’s service was refused by the newly formed 3rd Ohio. Undeterred, Clem later tried to join the 22nd Michigan, where his persistence won over the unit’s officers. They agreed to let him follow the regiment, adopting him as a mascot and unofficial drummer boy. The officers also chipped in to pay his monthly salary of $13 before he finally was allowed to officially enlist in 1863.

Clem became a national celebrity for his actions at Chickamauga. Armed with a musket sawed down for him to carry, Clem joined the 22nd Michigan in the defense of Horseshoe Ridge on the afternoon of September 20. As the Confederate forces surrounded the unit, a Confederate colonel spotted Clem and shouted either “I think the best thing a mite of a chap like you can do is drop that gun” or called him a “damned little Yankee devil,” according to various sources. Rather than surrender, Clem shot the colonel and successfully made his way back to Union lines. For his actions, Clem was promoted to sergeant, the youngest soldier ever to become a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army, and became known as the “Drummer Boy of Chickamauga.”

Clem’s legend grew following the battle, although some stories may be apocryphal. One holds that his drum was destroyed at the Battle of Shiloh, earning him the nickname “Johnny Shiloh” and serving as inspiration for the song, “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh.” However, the 22nd Michigan, Clem’s unit, was not mustered until the summer after the Battle of Shiloh, making it unlikely Clem saw action in the battle with that regiment.

Clem went on to fight at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Kennesaw and Atlanta, where he was wounded twice. Clem was discharged from the Army in 1864 at age 13, but sought to rejoin the military in 1870. Nominated to West Point by President Ulysses S. Grant, Clem failed the entrance exam several times before Grant appointed him a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Clem enjoyed a successful second military career, rising to the rank of colonel and assistant quartermaster general by 1906. He retired on the eve of U.S. entry into World War I with the rank of major general, the last Civil War veteran to actively serve in the U.S. Army. Clem died in 1937 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery

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