14 Indiana Infantry Shield/Ladder Badge

Offered is a neat badge worn by an identified member of the 14th Indiana Infantry.† This great badge has "J. Dowling" written on the hanger.† The shield is attached to the hanger.† On the shield is written "Co.C - 14th IND. VOL. INF. - 2 with a clover leaf around it". The 14th Indiana Infantry fought in West Virginia and then with the Army of the Potomac in the 2 Corp.

Fourteenth Infantry INDIANA
(3 years)

Fourteenth Infantry.  Cols., Nathan Kimball, William Harrow, 
John Coons, Lieut.-Cols., John R. Mahan, William Harrow, 
Philander R. Owen, John Coons, Elijah H. C. Cavins, William 
Houghton.

This regiment was organized at Camp Vigo, near Terre Haute, in 
May, 1861.  It originally was a one year regiment, but 
volunteered for three years on the call for three years 
troops, being the first Indiana regiment mustered in for that 
term.  It was mustered in June 7, and left the state on July 
5.

It proceeded to Clarksburg, W. Va., and marched to Rich 
Mountain where it was in reserve at the battle.  It was 
stationed at Cheat Mountain from July 16 to Oct. 8, and was 
engaged at that point on Sept. 12, and at Green Brier River 
Oct. 3.  It encamped at Huttonsville, Philippi and Romney 
until Jan. 10, 1862, and passed the remainder of the winter at 
Paw Paw tunnel.

On March 4, it joined Shields' division and proceeded to 
Winchester, where it participated in the battle, losing 4 
killed and 50 wounded.  On May 15, it commenced its march to 
Fredericksburg, leaving there on the 24th for Front Royal, 
which place was reached June 1, in time to assist in driving 
out the enemy.

It was in various movements until July 2, reaching Turkey Bend 
just as the Army of the Potomac was in retreat, the 14th 
engaging in severe fighting with the pursuing enemy and 
checking his advance.  It was assigned to the 2nd corps and 
put on outpost duty, being in constant action with the enemy 
for nearly three weeks, and then moved to Centerville, where 
it assisted in covering the retreat of the army.

It was in reserve at South Mountain but at Antietam its 
division was the only one that never gave way during the 
battle, its brigade being called the "Gibraltar."  The 14th 
fought for 4 hours within 60 yards of the enemy's line and 
lost 31 killed and 150 wounded.  It moved to Harper's Ferry 
and Warrenton, thence to Falmouth, where it remained until 
Dec. 11.  Its brigade led the attack on the works at 
Fredericksburg, but could not advance beyond a certain point, 
the enemy being too strongly intrenched.

The regiment then encamped at Falmouth until April 28, 1863. 
It was in reserve at Chancellorsville during May 1-2, but on 
the 3rd with its brigade charged and drove the enemy from the 
ground lost by the 11th corps the previous day, but was forced 
back by an overwhelming force, losing 7 killed, 50 wounded and 
2 missing.

It was in the battle of Gettysburg, charging the enemy's 
advance, saving Ricketts' battery, driving the enemy down the 
hill and capturing all the field officers, the colors, and 
most of the men of the 21st N. C. infantry on the evening of 
the second day's battle.  The following day its division bore 
the brunt of the desperate attack on the left of the cemetery 
and the regiment lost 123 in killed and wounded.

It was sent to New York on Aug. 16, to aid in quelling draft 
riots, but was with its corps when the enemy was whipped at 
Bristoe Station in October.  It took part in the Mine Run 
campaign and then went into quarters at Stevensburg, where 
part of the regiment reenlisted as veterans in Dec. 1863.

It was in action at Morton's Ford in Feb., 1864, and moved 
with the army on the Wilderness campaign as part of Hancock's 
(2nd) corps, bearing the brunt of most of the fighting in the 
numerous engagements of that movement.  It was in the 
victorious charge at Spotsylvania, when Col Coons was killed, 
and was also in the battle of Cold Harbor.

The regiment was mustered out at Indianapolis, June 20, 1864, 
and the reenlisted men and recruits were transferred on Aug. 
1, to the 20th regiment.  The original strength of the 14th 
was 1,055.  Gain by recruits, 160; reenlistments, 59; total, 
1,274.  Loss by death, 185; desertion, 63; unaccounted for, 
12.

Price: $495.00 USD (Sale Pending)


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