ENGRAVED REUNION BADGE FOR MEMBER OF THE 12TH OHIO INFANTRY

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Item Code: 344-2760

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Badge is silver with a red, white and blue striped ribbon.

The top bar is engraved with “SOCIETY OF” and has a fine chase decoration along its edge. Reverse has original “T” pin.

Suspended from the bar is a faded and heavily worn red, white and blue ribbon. The red bar is good but the white and blue one have suffered most of the wear.

The drop suspended from the ribbon is in the shape of a 6-pointed star with an engraved crosshatched border with an interior linear border. Each corner is delicately engraved with an oak or laurel leaf. At center of the star is a raised disc with the numeral “12” at center surrounded by “OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY REGIMENT.” The number and wording is filled in with blue enamel to make it stand out. The reverse of the drop is nicely engraved with “M. V. DUNKIN / PRESENTED BY HIS / CAPT. F. GUNCKLE.”

The 12th Ohio was raised in June of 1861 for three years’ service. The regiment saw action in West Virginia in 1861 and then moved to Virginia where it was engaged at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain and Antietam before going back to West Virginia and remaining in that Department for the rest of the war. During its service the regiment was in 41 battles and engagements losing 5 officers and 170 enlisted men killed, mortally wounded or died of disease.

Ferdinand Gunckle was 32 years old when he was commissioned a Captain in Company I, 12th Ohio Infantry on June 28, 1861. He resigned on August 24, 1861. The record shows he was reinstated on October 23, 1861 only to resign again on March 20, 1862.

Martin V. Duncan was born in 1843 and was listed as being 18 years old when he enlisted in Company I of the 12th as a Private on June 25, 1861. He was transferred out of the regiment on July 1, 1864 and was assigned to Company K of the 23rd Ohio and was finally mustered out on July 26, 1865. After the war Martin returned to Ohio, married and collected a Government pension. He died on March 10, 1909 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio.

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