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    F. A. Packard's Personal Specimen 25¢ Sutler Token for the 94th Illinois Volunteers Infantry Regiment. The sutler token presented here is Schenkman #O-25-B, Curto 222, 22mm, struck in brass, and is a Rarity 9. It is one of only two known examples, the only other being the plate specimen pictured in Schenkman's Civil War Sutler Tokens, and was acquired directly from the Packard family. F. A. Packard was a sutler for the 94th Illinois Volunteers, also known as the McLean County Regiment as most of the soldiers resided in McLean County. As a sutler, Packard followed select Union regiments during the Civil War in order to provide the troops with both essential and luxury goods, such as fruit, canned goods, paper, tobacco, and liquor. The soldiers could purchase goods on credit with tokens like the one here, to be redeemed by the sutler at a later time. The obverse of the token reads "GOOD FOR 25 CENTS IN GOODS F. A. PACKARD SUTLER 94' ILL'S REG." Typical of sutler tokens, the surface includes the name of the sutler as well as the specific unit to which the token applied. The reverse reads "JOHN STANTON STAMP BRAND CUTTER CINCINNATI", the craftsman who struck the tokens for Packard.

    Led by Colonel John McNulta, the 94th Illinois Infantry fought for three years during the Civil War's most active period from 1862-1865. Their first battle occurred at the Battle of Prairie Grove in Arkansas on December 7, 1862. Six months later, between June 12 and July 4, 1863, the regiment participated in the Siege of Vicksburg in Mississippi, helping General Grant win a critical Union victory that seized control of the Mississippi River for the North. The 94th Illinois lost just one soldier on the Vicksburg battlefield, and only 11 total in their nine battles, the last of which was the Siege of Spanish Fort in Alabama. Spanish Fort was yet another Union victory early in 1865, and concluded with a Confederate retreat on April 8, 1865. The following day General Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse. This is a fascinating piece of exonumia from a most successful Union regiment.


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