SILVER 3RD CORPS BADGE ID’D TO 1ST MASSACHUSETTS REGIMENT

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Item Code: 766-1877

Diamond shaped silver badge that meas. approx. 1.75 inches across and still retains the original “T” bar pin on back.

Face is wonderfully inscribed at center with “HOOKER’S OLD DIVISION.” The words “HOOKER’S” and “DIVISION” are engraved in block letters while the word “OLD” is done in script. Inscription is decorated with fine linear embellishments.

This central area is surrounded by a chase line that along with another by the badge edge makes a fine riband. Within the riband around the edge of the badge is “1st MASS. REGT. / 1ST BRIGADE / 2ND DIVISION / 3RD CORPS.”

All lettering on the badge is deep and very readable. Overall the badge is exquisite and must have been worn with pride by its original owner.

The 1st Massachusetts Infantry was organized at Boston on May 23, 1861 and took part in the battles of Blackburn’s Ford and 1st Manassas. In the late summer of 1861 it was assigned to a brigade commanded by General Joseph Hooker. The regiment remained under Hooker when he was promoted to division command.

The 1st saw action on the Peninsula at Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks and Savage’s Station. The regiment was also present at 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.

In the break-up of the 3rd Corps after Gettysburg the 1st was assigned to the 4th Division of the 2nd Corps with whom they served at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania before being mustered out on May 25, 1864.

During its service the regiment lost 9 officers killed, wounded and died of disease and 212 men.  [ad] [ph:L]

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