Super nice id tag belonging to Jacob Boice or “Boyce” of the 76th New York Volunteer Infantry. His name appears to have been spelled both ways. Jacob would muster with Company E in October, 1861. At 42 years of age at enlistment he was far above the average age for those enlisting in the service. The regiment would spend the winter of 1862 performing duty in the vicinity of Washington. That August they would see their first action at Manassas and suffer high casualties. The hard campaigning seems to have taken it’s toll on the aged Boice. Late in November, 1862 he would be discharged for disability while laying in a convalescent camp in Virginia. It appears that he may have re-enlisted in the 6th New York Heavy Artillery not long after his discharge eventually ending up in the VRC during the summer of 1863. His service does however need further research. Beautiful aged patina to this one. The reverse is stamped “J. BOICE CO. E 76TH REG N.Y.S.V. RICHFRORD”. Sharp looking tag!