SILVER 3RD CORPS BADGE IDENTIFIED TO 84TH PENNSYLVANIA SOLDIER

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Very nice silver badge with script engraving that reads “CO. E, 84TH REGT. DANL. OBERLY, PA. VOLS.” Inscription is attended by the usual engraved scroll decorations.

Badge meas. approx. 1.00 inch wide by 1.50 inches long. Reverse has the base of a “T” bar pin and the base of the catch but the pin is missing.

Daniel Oberly enlisted as a Private in Company H, 84th Pennsylvania Infantry on September 17, 1862. The regiment saw action at Winchester, Port Republic, Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Mine Run, Wilderness and Spotsylvania.

During the fighting at Spotsylvania Oberly was wounded in the neck and it was assumed that he would not survive. He did eventually recover but after the war ended.

Upon returning home Oberly applied for a pension which he received for partial paralysis. As time went on and pensions were increased Oberly’s monthly rate stayed the same. Finally in 1884 the Pension Office awarded him $4000 in back benefits.

In 1888 Oberly was charged with fraud when a pension examiner accused him of working as a clog dancer and tight-rope acrobat and thereby defrauding the government. This charge was made despite several examinations by doctors done for the Pension Bureau in preceding years. Each examination had confirmed Oberly’s paralysis due to his wounds.

After years of fighting with the Pension Office and losing, Oberly’s case drew public attention and was followed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. It seems despite efforts of government officials the Pension Office would not relent and was withholding Oberly’s pension for 11 years.

In 1899 the former adjutant and captain in the 84th Pennsylvania, T. E. Merchant wrote a letter to the Commissioner of Pensions stating that Oberly came into his office in an “utterly helpless condition.” Merchant asked the Commissioner to look into the case. He went on to explain that Oberly was a “faithful soldier” and that his wound was “a terrible one.” The case was also brought to the attention of the GAR.

Other records consulted show Mr. Oberly living in different homes for disabled soldiers. It is believed he died in Tennessee in 1917.  [ad]

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