ID TAG FOR SOLDIER IN THE 29TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY

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This ID tag has a bust of George Washington on the obverse with his name and birth date inscribed around the bust. The reverse has the following "G. A. Badger, Co. D, 29th Reg., Mass. V., Sandwich, Mass." Between the regimental designation and the home town is stamped in small letters "War of 1861." Badge meas. approx. 1.25" in width and has a dark patina.

Gustavus A. Badger was born September 18, 1839 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He enlisted in Company D of the 29th Mass. on May 18, 1861. He was 21 years old at the time and by profession a boot maker. Badger is described as being 5 foot 5 inches tall with brown hair, gray eyes and a light complexion. Badger was present with the 29th at Newport News, Va. and saw the attack of the CSS Virginia on the USS Congress and the USS Cumberland. On the next day he would have seen the fight between the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor. Both these fights are listed in the battle credits for the 29th Mass. In early June the regiment joined The Army of the Potomac and was in the Peninsula Campaign and the Battle of The Seven Days. Sometime in July he entered the hospital and there he stayed until his discharge for disability on March 14, 1863.

After his service Badger returned to Massachusetts and settled in Lynn. He married in November of 1863 but divorced in 1869 only to remarry in 1870. He was a member of the General Lander Post #5 of the GAR in Lynn. Badger died on May 25, 1912 in Lynn and is buried there in Pine Grove Cemetery.

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