DUG SILVER 18TH CORPS ID BADGE FOR 98TH NEW YORK SOLDIER WOUNDED IN ACTION

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Silver 18th Corps badge identified to Private Joseph Laclair of Company H, 98th New York Infantry, recovered in the greater Richmond area.

Badge meas. approx. 1.75 x 1.75 inches. In both the upper and lower quadrants there is a triangular shaped decoration which represents the old 4th Corps of the Army of the Potomac from which the 18 Corps was created. At center is a delicate cursive engraving is “J. LACLAIR / CO. H 98TH N.Y.V.V.”. Badge face has some tarnish and two minor fold lines where the badge was bent from ground action and then leveled.

Reverse has signs of “T” bar pin and catch but none of it remains.

Joseph Laclair was born in Franklin County, New York about 1846. He was 21 years old when he enlisted as a Private in Company H, 98th New York on November 16, 1861. At the time he was described as being 5’ 6 ½’ tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

During its service the regiment was assigned to the 4th Corps of the Army of the Potomac with whom it served on the Peninsula at Savage’s Station and Fair Oaks. Private Laclair was present for these engagements.

In December of 1862 the regiment transferred to the 18th Corps with whom it served until December of 1864. Laclair was present until September of 1863 when he was sick at Morehead City but he was back with his company by September and went home on leave in November.

In January of 1864 Laclair became a re-enlisted veteran and in March he married. He was wounded in the right hand at Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia on May 16, 1864 and was taken to DeCamp General Hospital on David’s Island in New York Harbor. The records seem to indicate that Laclair returned to his regiment on August 24th but was wounded again at Chaffin’s Farm in the left leg on September 29, 1864. This time he was sent to the hospital at Point of Rocks, Maryland and did not return to his company until May 23, 1865.

In August of 1865 Laclair was arrested for theft. The records do not show if he was convicted but we do know he was mustered out at Richmond on August 31, 1865.

After the war he continued to live in New York State and died there on March 24, 1900. Private Laclair is buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Brasher Falls, New York.

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