97th PENNSYLVANIA VETERAN’S BADGE IN THE FORM OF A TENTH CORPS BADGE

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This simple, plain-spoken two-piece badge is made of bronze patinaed brass, was worn by a veteran of the 97th Pennsylvania and bears the regiment’s dates of service in raised letters on the rectangular, bordered, pin-back top bar: “1861 * 1865.” From this hangs by two short chains the four-bastioned fort corps badge of the Tenth Army Corps, proposed as early as May 1864 and adopted in June. The center of the badge is a recessed square with stippled ground and “97 / P.V.” in raised letters. The badge is in excellent condition. The pin is in place on the upper bar. We see only one thin spot of verdigris on the lower left interior of the badge. The reverse of the badge is maker marked in small raised letters: J.K. DAVISON / PHILADA. / PA.”

The regiment was organized 10/1/61 at West Chester, PA, and mustered out 8/28/65 at Weldon, NC. They lost 6 officers and 130 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and likely five times as many more who were wounded, but lived. They served in the 10th Corps from September 1862 to muster out, with stints in the 18th, 24th, and 8th Corps, as well as brief service as part of US forces on Seabrook Island and Terry’s Provisional Corps. They left for Washington in November 1861, were ordered to Fortress Monroe and the Port Royal, taking part in the expedition to the Warsaw Sound and then on to Fernandia and Jacksonville, FL, before returning to Hilton Head in March. Eight companies were engaged at Secessionville in June. In April 1863 they were sent to Charleston, later were in the siege of Fort Wagner, and then assigned to garrison Fernandina. The regiment reenlisted as veterans and joined the 10th Corps Army of the James, seeing action at Swift Creek, Drewry’s Bluff, Ware Bottom Church (suffering 27 killed and 149 wounded according to CWData,) Cold Harbor, and Petersburg, where it was in action repeatedly: CWData lists 31 dates from June 15 to July 31 when they suffered losses in killed or wounded. Transferred into the 24th Corps in December 1864, it took part in the first unsuccessful expedition to Fort Fisher and the second, successful, one, losing 5 killed and 33 wounded, and the took part in taking Wilmington in March, after which they joined Sherman at Goldsboro, rejoining the 10th Corps until muster out.

This is a nice badge from a fighting regiment with some wide-ranging service.  [sr] [ph:m/L]

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