SILVER SHIELD STYLE ID BADGE BELONGING TO DAVID DONNER OF CO. K, 3rd NJ VOLS.

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This small patriotic shield badge measures just shy of one inch long by ¾ of an inch wide. The badge itself is quite thin and is missing its pin-back latch. The engraving is legible; however there is some minor pitting and wear around the edges of the badge on both front and reverse. The engraving reads: “DAVID DONNER, Co. K, 3d N.J.V.”.

A native New Jerseyan, David Donner was born August 22nd 1840, making him 20 years old at his enlistment in 1861. Although the badge is inscribed to David Donner, records have him identified as David Daner. Initially, Donner served in Co. K, 3rd New Jersey Volunteers, enlisting at Trenton, New Jersey on the fourth of June, 1861. (The Company and Regiment given in the records match the badge even though the records misspell his last name.)

The 3rd New Jersey fought in most major battles with the Army of the Potomac from the very beginning of the war through the surrender at Appomattox. The regiment was part of General Kearney’s famed New Jersey brigade. Records would indicate that Donner saw service at battles such as First Manassas, Munson’s Hill, as well as the Siege of Yorktown.

Donner was injured in June of 1862 while on fatigue duty near Fair Oaks, Virginia. While chopping wood for a corduroy road his axe slipped and severely injured the instep of his left foot. The muster rolls state that while he was recovering Donner worked as a nurse at the Chesapeake General Hospital at Fort Monroe and was eventually transferred to 30 Co., 2nd Battalion, V.R.C. He would eventually receive a disability discharge in December of 1863.

Donner remained at home until June of 1864 when he enlisted in the 1st New Jersey Light Artillery. His time with the 1st New Jersey was interrupted by detached garrison service with Battery H, 1st Ohio Light Artillery and then with Battery E, 3rd US Artillery in front of Petersburg. He was discharged from the service June 17th 1865.

After the war, Donner returned home to his wife Rosana Stucky whom he had previously married on September 12th 1864. The couple would have one son, Francis David, who was born on March 8, 1866. Donner supported his wife and child by working as a police officer in their hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. He died there in February, 1903 and is buried in that city’s Evergreen Cemetery.

Soldier records, including service records and pension records, from the National Archives are included with this ID badge.  [cls]

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