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Musician and Nurse Ira Mills 5th Vermont Volunteer Infantry ID/Corps Badge

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Beautiful silver, 6th Corps/ ID badge belonging to Ira Mills of the 5th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. The former farmer would give up his plow in favor of a musket beginning in September, 1861 when Ira would muster with Company B. Initially, Ira would serve as the fifer for the company. Beginning in October of 1862 he would begin working as a nurse in the regimental hospital. He would remain there until August 4, 1863, when he was ordered to return to the regiment. Ira would re-enlist at the end of the year, being present with the regiment up until October, 1864 when he was once again detailed as a hospital nurse in the 6th Corps hospital. He would remain there a month before bouncing back to his regiment. In January he was once again detailed as a hospital nurse. Ira would remain in that position until his discharge in June, 1865. Stamped silver 6th Corps badge measuring 1″ x 1″. The face of the badge is beautifully engraved “Co.B Ira Mills 5th Vt. Vet. Vols”. The engraving would indicate he obtained the badge after his re-enlistment in December, 1863. This one does still retain the T-bar pin on the back as well. Very nice badge that is 100% correct!

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