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Herbert Story 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery ID Tag

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Item No. AR8868JG Category


Field recovered id tag belonging to Herbert Story of Vermont. This one was recovered near Cold Harbor many years ago. Herbert would muster with Company L of the 11th Vermont Volunteer Infantry in October of 1862. In December of that year the regiment was re-designated the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery. Herbert, along with the rest of Company L would be sent to Fort Lincoln serving garrison duty until May of 1864. In May the regiment would be ordered to join the 6th Corps in the field at Spotsylvania Court House. That same month, Herbert would fall ill with chronic diarrhea and be sent to the US General Hospital located in Alexandria, Virginia. In July he would be transferred to the Knight General Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut and then in the fall to a hospital in Burlington, Vermont. Herbert would remain in the hospital up until May of 1865 when he would transfer into the VRC. That’s a long time to have diarrhea, just say’in. He would serve with the VRC until his discharge in September, 1865. This is the pewter, George Washington variant id disc. These are slightly larger and harder to find than the more common eagle variant. Now this one has been dug and pewter does not fare well in the ground so there is some pitting to the surface. We can see the reason why Herbert lost the disc. The hole at the top broke and it simply fell off. The reverse of the disc is stamped “Herbert H. Story Bat. L. 1st Art. 11th Vt. Vols. Vt. Four Corners”. Very nice disc and still easily readable.

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