IDENTITY SHIELD FOR SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR SOLDIER FROM GEORGIA

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This identity shield appears to have been dug in that the pin is gone from the back and its surface is dark. Boldly stamped on the face is “Co. K / 1st / GA. / Vols.” Around the edge of the shield is “E. J. LANGFORD MAY 13, 98.” At bottom of the shield is “SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR.”

Edward Josiah Langford was born on December 6, 1867 in Montreal, Canada. He served as a Corporal in Company K of the 1st Georgia Infantry at Camp Chickamauga and took part in what is known as “Thomas Sham Battle” which was in reality a large maneuver exercise. The regiment was meant for duty in Puerto Rico but the war ended while they were boarding the transports.

Langford stayed in the Army and eventually rose to the rank of Major in the Ordnance Corps. During World War One he went to France and served with the engineers in the AEF from February 8, 1918 to January 12, 1919.

To confirm this service US Government pension records show that in 1929 he received a pension for service in the Spanish-American War and as a Major of engineers. He died on December 18, 1945 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. [ad]

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