Skip to main content
Go to accessibility options


    ID Disk Of William Rathburn Of The 59th NY Who Died In Andersonville Prison. William Rathbone, age 23, enlisted on August 31, 1861 at Lowville, NY as a private in the 59th NY Infantry. At the Battle of Petersburg he was one of the many captured. He was first taken to Richmond, and then to Lynchburg, and finally confined at Andersonville Prison, where he died on October 30, 1864 (National Archives records included). The Disk was excavated by a collector in Georgia several years ago. In the reference source "Identification Discs" this style is found on page 42, and is the rarer white metal variety with a small shield and the phrase "the Union and the Constitution, War of 1861". The piece measures 30mm, and has even wear. All lettering is visible, as is the stamping. Below the shield one battle is listed that being "Mine Run". One the reverse it reads "W.M. Rathburn Co. C 59th Regt. N.Y. Vols. 3rd Brig. 2nd Div. 2nd Corps". One of the most historic identified disks we have offered.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    2nd Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 408

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold on Nov 2, 2019 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2022 June 11 - 12 Americana & Political Signature® Auction .

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search