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    Irish Brigade, 69th Regiment, New York State Volunteers, Civil War ID Disc. The reverse is stamped, "John Smith / Co. I /69th / Reg. /N.Y.S.V. / N.Y. City". The obverse has a an American eagle with outstretched wings, and "War of 1861" above, and "United States", below. The 1.125" brass disc is holed at 12 o'clock. Crisp and beautifully toned.

    Smith enlisted on September 27, 1862 in New York City as a private at the age of 44. He was wounded on June 16, 1864 at Petersburg and mustered out on June 25, 1865 at Lovell General Hospital, Portsmouth Grove, Rhode Island.

    The 69th became the first regiment in the Union Army's legendary Irish Brigade. Their reputation was well-earned. At Antietam, the 69th as part of the Irish Brigade, charged the Sunken Road. The 69th, already badly mauled, suffered 60 percent casualties. The Regiment was virtually destroyed in its uphill attack on the well-prepared Confederate positions on Marye's Heights during the Battle of Fredericksburg, suffering higher casualties than it had at Antietam. Afterwards, the audacity of the attack was saluted with a rousing cheer by the Confederate defenders. Confederate General Robert E. Lee gave the regiment its nickname, "The Fighting 69th". Out of more than 2,000 regiments that served with the Union Army, the 69th lost more men than all but six regiments.

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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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