🥇 BANNER Civil War ID tag!!!

Marc in VA

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Was digging out a hut yesterday and finding eagle buttons and 44 caliber pistol bullets and roundballs and of course the usual hundred nails. Nothing special. In fact I was getting discouraged since I wasn't finding any bottles. That discouragement changed really fast when my last good target of the day turned out to be my first readable ID tag. Front reads War Of 1861. Back reads Ira C. Evans. Co. C. 12th Reg. Concord. He mustered into the New Hampshire Infantry in Concord in 1862 as a private/musician and mustered out at the end of the war as Chief Musician. He fought in Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Williamsburg, Petersburg and Richmond. He died at Concord in 1902. The 12th New Hampshire was very decorated. They were known as the Mountaineers. They lost the 5th most soldiers of any unit during the war. So happy to have found and saved this piece of history.
 

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vpnavy

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WOW - great find. I searched the net and found a few others (different Civil War veteran ID's) were found.

I found another tag but this one actually talked about the creation of the tag - take a look at: Civil War “Dog Tags”: Sutlers Solve the ID Dilemma

During the American Civil War, soldiers were concerned that their bodies would not be identified in the aftermath of a battle because neither the Union nor Confederate government issued identification tags, commonly called “dog tags” today. Consequently, many soldiers would write their name on a piece of paper and pin it to their clothing...On May 3, 1862, a New Yorker named John Kennedy wrote to U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton offering to manufacture and supply all Federal army soldiers a “name disc.”...more...

I would sure frame that puppy and hang it up proudly. Congrats.
 
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villagenut

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That, my friend is so Banner worthy. When more slave tags are being dug than these tags, it really drives the point that they are of great importance. And to have the words engraved legible and an ID and pictures to boot....wow, a no brainer Banner.


p.s. and what stories this tag could tell as it witnessed so many tragic events on the battlefield.
 

DownNDirty

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Wow! Amazing discovery and excellent research. Banner vote is in
 

Stef45

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Banner all day. What a amazing find! Congrats!
 

CoilyGirl

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My vote for banner is in as well,super cool find in great condition.
 

VMI Digger

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I'll gladly fall in line with the others here regarding the historical significance and rarity of your ID tag. Fantastic dig and banner worthy for sure
 

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BANNER BANNER BANNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Gaspipe

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Wow that's as good as it gets.Where were they worn?
 

MUDSLINGER

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Gone but remembered in a very special way congrats!!! Banner find for sure
 

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:occasion14: Very nice rare find.
 

46Wheat

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Instant banner vote. What an incredible find
 

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Fantastic find. Banner vote going in now
 

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