ID DISC FOR 1st NEW YORK MOUNTED RIFLES PRIVATE

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Very nice brass ID disc that meas. approx. 1.25 inch across.

The obverse has a spread-winged eagle with shield on his chest and 13 stars with the word “UNION” above his head. Around the edge is “IN THE WAR OF 1861, 2, & 3.”

Reverse reads around the edge “FREDERICK GRIDMAN CO.C, 1st NYSVMR.” In the name “GRIDMAN” one can see a “T” over stamp on the “D.” The regimental designation is 1st New York State Volunteer Mounted Rifles. At center of the reverse is “IN BATTLES OF BULL RUN JULY 21ST, 1861.”

Disc is in excellent condition.

Frederick D. Gritman was 21 years old when he enlisted as a Private in Company H, 1st New York Mounted Rifles on August 12, 1862. At some unknown time he was transferred to Company C. He became a re-enlisted veteran on September 1, 1864 and was promoted to Corporal on April 22, 1865. He was discharged on August 12, 1865.

During his service the regiment was involved in 97 battles and skirmishes in Virginia and North Carolina. The regiment’s largest loss by far came at Scott’s Mills, Virginia on May 17, 1863 where they lost 1 killed, 5 wounded and 13 captured.

After the war Mr. Gritman married and moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut where he worked as a house painter and raised three daughters, Lucina, Evelyn and Nettie. In May of 1885 he and his family sat down to a dinner of corned beef and spinach. The whole family became ill from the meat. Sadly, Mr. Gritman’s eldest daughter, Lucina, died from the effects of the food poisoning.

Frederick Gritman died in Bridgeport on April 19, 1900. He is buried there in Lakeview Cemetery.    [ad]

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