DUG IDENTITY DISC FOR 69TH PENNSYLVANIA SOLDIER

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Item Code: 883-22

This identity disc appears to be made of zinc. It is too light to be lead and has not oxidized as lead would. Ground action has heavily marred the surface finish.

The obverse has a clearly visible bust of General George B. McClellan. With a loop the General’s name, which surrounds his head, can be viewed.

Reverse of the item reads along the edge “THE WAR OF 1861, ’62 & ‘63” followed by a row of 13 six-pointed stars. The center reads “ANTHONY ANGELO / CO. H / 69TH REGT. / PA. V. / OWEN’S / BRIGADE / PHILADELPHIA.” Due to ground action text is difficult to read without a glass but with one it is very easy.

Anthony C. Angelo was born in Venice, Italy. When he came to the United States is not known.

On August 18, 1861 he enlisted as a Private in Company H, 69th Pennsylvania Infantry at Philadelphia.

The 69th was assigned to the 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac and served in 64 battles and skirmishes including the Peninsula, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. Angelo was present with his company for all these engagements.

On July 1, 1863 the records show that Angelo was assigned as a servant for Captain Thomas Kelly and despite this he was probably still present with the regiment when it made its stand in “The Angle” at Gettysburg on July 3rd. Angelo remained as a servant for Captain Kelly through the rest of 1863 and into 1864. During this time Private Angelo became a re-enlisted veteran.

At Spotsylvania Captain Kelly was wounded and sent to a hospital where he died 6 days later. Angelo must have accompanied him to the hospital because he was detached for service there. In November of 1864 Angelo was promoted to Sergeant Major which was a position he held through the rest of the war.

In May of 1865 he spent a few days in the hospital with bilious fever. He was mustered out on July 1, 1865.

After the war Angelo returned to Philadelphia where he married in 1872. He died in 1876 from the effects of the illness he contracted in the army. Originally buried in Monument Cemetery he was moved to Laurel Hill in 1956.

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