U.S. CHRISTIAN COMMISSION NAME TAG FOR PVT. JAMES A. CARDER, 18TH CONNECTICUT INFANTRY

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Double-sided white, pre-printed card, measuring 1.625 x 2.875"/ w/small metal-ringed lanyard hole. Front side script & inscription: "U.S. CHRISTIAN COMMISSION / ADDRESS MY… father Mr. / Morris Carder / East Killingby / Contt / Suspend from the neck by cord, and wear over the shirt. In battle, under." Reverse script & inscription: IDENTIFIED / I AM Samuel A. Carder / CO. K 18th Regt Connecticut / 1st Brig. 2nd Div. W V CORPS/ God so loved the word, that he gave his only begotten Son / that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life".

The nametag is accompanied by small folded paper w / outer address: "To Mr., John Davis / Citiate". This improvised envelope measures 3.125 x 1.75", has a broken red wax seal, and was obviously intended as an envelope. Nametag exhibits light wear on both sides, and is written in red ink that is somewhat faded, but still legible. Accompanying folded enveloped lightly soiled. Both items are otherwise VG.

James A. Carder enlisted as a private and was mustered into Co. "K", 18th CT Inf., on 8/18/1862. He was listed as a POW - 6/15/1863 Winchester, VA - who was paroled 7/14/1863 [place not stated]. He was mustered out of service on 6/27/1865 at Harper's Ferry, WV. His unit was organized in August 1862, and was initially attached to the Baltimore defenses. It was later assigned to the 8th Corps, and then to the department of West Virginia. Its most significant actions were the 1st Battle of Winchester, VA - in which it Pvt. Carder and most of the regiment were captures, and later paroled - the 1864 Battle of New Market, VA. The 1st Brigade, 2nd Div., W[est] V[irginia] Corps designation on Carder's Christian Commission identification reflect the organizational affiliation of the 18th CT Inf between April and June 1865. During its service the unit lost 71 men killed and mortally wounded and 81 men to disease for a total of 152.

Incredibly rare U.S. Christian Commission soldier ID tag. Superb collectible. Accompanied by military records.  [jp]

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