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    Excavated ID Disc Belonging to Very Young Rhode Island Drummer Boy. Fourteen-year-old Virginias H. Arnold owned this 1.25" brass identification token featuring a bust of Washington on one side surrounded by stars and "Union" at the bottom and stamped on the opposite side "Virginias H. Arnold/ Co. F/ 2nd Reg. R.I./ Entered Service/ June 6/ 1861." Disc is sound but surface shows deep patina and some light pitting. Young Arnold enlisted in the unit as a drummer at the same time his father joined the 1st Rhode Island Artillery as a bugler. He served at First Bull Run and near Fair Oaks in June 1862 was injured by a Confederate shell that burst behind him, throwing him in the air and onto a fence. Nevertheless, the young soldier was present at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, and other battles. He reenlisted and remained with his fighting regiment through Petersburg, Appomattox, and the Grand Review. A great artifact of a courageous young man, complete with an overview of his service.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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