SPECTACULAR, NON-DUG, 2nd CORPS ID DISC OF CIVIL WAR VETERAN MADISON F. OTTMAN, 4TH NY HEAVY ARTILLERY

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Item Code: 748-04

This handsome artifact is a Civil War soldier’s identification badge in truly outstanding condition. The fine silver badge, in the shape of the trefoil on a stem, exhibits a wonderful jeweler-engraved identification on its face and belonged to Private Madison F. Ottman of Company “G”, 4th New York Heavy Artillery Infantry regiment.

Eighteen year old Madison Ottman was a farmer from Carlisle, New York when he enlisted in the 4th New York Heavy Artillery at Troy on December 28, 1863 for a term of three years. The regiment saw duty in the defense of Washington until March 1864 when it was assigned to the Artillery Brigade, 2nd Army Corps and participated in many major actions. Among those engagements were The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, The Crater, Strawberry Plains, Ream’s Station, and Appomattox Court House. Ottman’s actual field service was limited due to his constant bouts of sickness that rendered him ‘absent for duty’ in various hospitals throughout his first year with the regiment (1864). His medical records reveal that Ottman suffered from rheumatism contracted at the Wilderness and also from severe sunstroke received at Douglas General Hospital in Washington DC in July 1864 as he ‘carried the mail’. In January 1865, Ottman transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps where he remained until his muster out at Hartford, CT on September 23 of that year, though records show him as present with Co. H, 3rd Regiment VRC beginning in November 1864. Ottman died on July 30, 1910 and is buried in Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, OH.

Ottman’s silver, clover-leaf badge device measures 1¾” high by 1¾” wide and is finely engraved in script form which reads “Madison / F. / Ottman” / Co. G / 4th N.Y. / Heavy / Artillery / 2nd Brigade”. Centered directly on the disc body is a cutout of a miniature, stemmed trefoil that frames a small piece (¼” patch) of red leather attached to the badge backside. The entire outside curvature of the badge, as well as on the small cutout device, is finely engraved with a thin line of tooled decoration. Opposite side of disc retains the original clasp and pin back strongly soldered to the piece. A small, modern label from a previous owner is glued to the backside.

This superb, 2nd Corps trefoil, identification badge specimen is one of the best to come available in quite a while.  A super addition to any Civil War ID badge collection or New York history display.

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