HANDSOME CIVIL WAR PROVOST GUARD BADGE ID'D TO NELSON CHAPMAN, 21ST CONNECTICUT INFANTRY

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This finely made, circular silver disc measures 1 5/8" diameter and has a cut-out center in the shape of a five-pointed star surrounded by a 1/4" engraved belt and buckle border. Beautifully inscribed along the belt border is the soldier's name, "Nelson Chapman Provo Guard". Star also has inscribed upon its surface, "Co / C / 21 Conn". The badge has a very pleasing patina with soft golden highlights overall. Reverse side retains the original T-bar pin / clasp and has some normal tarnishing. A similar badge appears in the Time Life book, "Echoes of Glory, Arms and Equipment of the Union".

Private, later Corporal, Chapman was from Glastonbury, CT and served with Co. C, 21st Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, enlisting as a private on 8/14/62. Promoted to Corporal on 12/2/62. He was wounded at The Battle of Proctor's Creek, also known as Drewry's Bluff or Fort Darling, on  May 16, 1864, receiving a gunshot wound to his right arm and shoulder, with a fractured scapula. Company muster rolls show him as “Absent sick from wounds received in action at Dury’s [sic] bluff May 16 ‘64” through May 1865, when he is discharged for disability. He was a patient at DeCamp U.S.A. General Hospital at David’s Island, New York Harbor, and Knight U.S.A. General Hospital in New Haven, CT.  Chapman died on 4/1/85 and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, CT.

This identified, high-quality badge comes with Chapman's military and pension papers from the National Archives. A truly beautiful specimen.

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