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    Civil War: Hancock 2nd Army Corps Silver Identification Badge Named to Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Private G. W. Tompkins, Company "F", 124th Regiment, New York Volunteers. The splendid coin silver badge is in the shape of a cloverleaf, the motif of the 2nd Corps. It has a decorative engraved border with "Hancock" engraved at the top and "2. A. C." in the center. The reverse has a beautiful hand-engraved script "G. W. Tompkins" and "Co F. 124th Regt. N.Y. Vol's". George W. Tompkins, twenty-one years old, enlisted as a private on August 11, 1862 in Fort Jervis New York. He mustered into "F" Company of the 124th New York Volunteers on September 5, 1862. At the Battle of Petersburg, Virginia, on March 25, 1865, Corporal George Tompkins was with his regiment attacking the position held by 59th Alabama Infantry near Hatcher's Run, Virginia. In front of the Confederate lines Lieutenant Colonel Daniel S. Troy of the 60th Alabama Infantry held the flag of the 59th Alabama Infantry and was urging the men under this command forward when he was shot by Corporal Tompkins. Tompkins picked up the Confederate flag. For his gallantry, Tompkins received the Congressional Medal of Honor on the recommendation of General George Meade. The flag Tompkins captured was returned to the State of Alabama in 1905. The badge has two holes for a suspension that is now missing. A very fine piece.

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