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    Civil war dog tag. Are you kidding me?!!!!!!

    I decided to go digging at lunch time today and went to one of our local parks that was opened in 1914. We have pulled many silver coins and cool relics from this park but never in a million years did I think I would find a civil war dog tag!!!!

    I had a good signal and was thinking half dollar

    Duh the hole and out pops a big disc. I was thinking large cent as soon as
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    Being the curious person I am I started cleaning it in the field. Was confused when I see 1861 and a shield. I didn't know what it was so immediately started looking online

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    I first thought it was a civil war token but noticed some writing on the back. I then found it was a civil war dog tag. How the heck did that end up in this park!!!!

    I am still in the cleaning stage but it's coming along nicely. It's in really good shape and just some peroxide made a lot of the original brass color show up

    I still have ore cleaning to do but it just amazes me the history behind this.

    Here is a pic of how it's coming along
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    The back still need some cleaning but the writing is all legible

    The back says
    Caleb r foster
    COB
    13 reg
    Vol

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    I suck at research so a big thanks to kiros32

    He found that Caleb r foster was in the 102 regiment Pennsylvania infantry company b
    He was wounded at wilderness va
    He mustered out with his company on June 28 1865
    He died at 78 from pneumonia and he is buried in chartiers cemetary which is about 10 miles from here

    I have started looking at values and looks like at auction it could go from $1750 to $2200. Wow

    I am still shaking and this is definitely my best find ever its gonna be hard to top this one!!!
    Last edited by Turbo21; Mar 22, 2017 at 02:50 PM.

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    Can't see your pictures

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    Please for the love of Pete, let us see the photos ! (Please)

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    Damn dude, at least credit the research to the right user

    Glad I could help man. Nominating this for the Banner!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiros32 View Post
    Damn dude, at least credit the research to the right user

    Glad I could help man. Nominating this for the Banner!!!
    I fixed it lol. Thanks so much for the research. Definitely a once in a lifetime find


    Can everyone see the pics now?
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    Co. B (Company B)
    13th Regiment
    PA Volunteers

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    Co. B (Company B)
    13th Regiment
    PA Volunteers

    Not sure how it worked with moving/transferring between companies, but he likely enlisted with the 13th and was moved to the 102nd and mustered out with the 102nd.
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    Awesome! Banner!
    Cleaning up the country side, one shotgun shell at a time.

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    Congrats that is an awesome find! Pretty sure that will be gracing the top shelf soon.

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    That's is truly a find of a life time as you said. Congratulations!

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    Oh, and a banner vote from me. Good luck!

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    I am curious what is says at the bottom. I can make out "EERANCEVILLE"

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    Jared. I have it in peroxide now. There is writing around the rim. Hopefully more detail shows ip

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    Huge congrats man! It is a beauty and deserves a banner! Congrats again what a find!
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    All I can say is "Wow", that is some find mate. Congratulations!

 

 
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