NEW JERSEY BADGE IDENTIFIED TO 12TH N.J. INFANTRYMAN

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Item Code: 490-1885

Metal badge given by the state to New Jersey veterans who served in the Civil War. This medal is numbered 3370 and engraved with “John L. Severns”. Two-piece medal with spring pin attached to the top bar and a round medallion suspended by links.

Severns was born in Westfield, NJ. He enlisted in the 12th New Jersey infantry on August 12, 1862, and was a private in Company G. He was present with the regiment until July 2, 1863, when he was injured and captured at Gettysburg. Company G charged and recaptured the Bliss barn on July 2. While fighting at the barn, “a cannonball struck an overhead beam which broke and fell upon [Severns], crushing his right shoulder, breaking the collar bone and injuring both breasts internally, pinning him to the floor where he remained until released by the enemy and taken prisoner.”  He was paroled by the retreating Confederates and eventually transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on March 31, 1864. He mustered out on June 30, 1865.

A complete file on military and pension files is included.  [jet]

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