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Item Code: 172-2369
This is a good sized medal meas. approx. 2.75 x 1.75 inches. Top bar reads “CALIFORNIA” at center with “BAKER’S above and REGT.” below. Pin is present on back. Attached to the top bar is a red, white and blue ribbon which is torn ¾ of the way through. The reason the ribbon is torn is because of the weight of the large 2nd Corps badge attached to it. This badge is inscribed with a large “71” at center while inscribed in the arms of the club are the words from left to right “PENNSYLVANIA, SURVIVORS, VOLUNTEERS.” Except for the tear to the ribbon the medal is in very nice shape.
The 71st Pennsylvania was raised by Senator Edward D. Baker, in Philadelphia. Baker had lived in California and asked permission of the War Department to call his regiment the “California Regiment". After Baker’s death at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in late 1861 the name of the regiment was changed to the 71st Pennsylvania. After Ball’s Bluff the regiment became part of the “Philadelphia Brigade" in the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac, and fought with them in all their engagements until July 1864 when the Regiment mustered out. The 71st received the brunt of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg.