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    Rare Badge of Wilder's Lightning Brigade Veteran. One of the Civil War's most colorful fighting formations was Col. John Thomas Wilder's brigade of infantry. Mounted on horses and mules and armed with Spencer Repeating Rifles, Wilder's men gained fame for their ability to deploy rapidly and pour overwhelming fire on their opponents. This badge belonged to Pvt. Gilbert Baker, Co. G, 98th Ill. Vol. Infantry, one of the unit's of this fabled brigade. The badge is a pewter disk 1.25" in diameter having around the rim on one side the relief wording "WILDERS LIGHTNING BRIGADE / 1861-1865." In the center is a crossed saber and musket, above which is a cannon and below a 14th Corps "acorn" symbol. On the other side is a relief wreath of laurels and in the center is carefully stamped "Gilbert Baker/ Co. G. Ill. Vol/ Cadwell, Ill." Condition is crisp and sound showing nominal wear, with the remnants of a carrying chain still attached through a hole at the top. Baker joined the regiment on August 8, 1862, and was discharged on March 25, 1863. A very scarce veteran's badge from a renowned unit.

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