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Excavated “War of 1861” Eagle Style Civil War I.D. Disc or “Dog Tag” – Walter C. Timm, Co. I, 31st New York Infantry – Wounded at Fredericksburg where this I.D. was found!
The gold on this dog tag jumps out at you… 90% on the front where the eagle, United States and War of 1861 is found. On the reverse is stamped:

W. C. TIMM
CO. I.
31ST
REG.
N.Y.
VOLS.
WEST POINT, N.Y. 1862

Walter was only 18-years old when he enlisted on May 24th, 1861 in New York City. No doubt early in 1862 he purchased this I.D. from his regimental sutler, as this style was commonly carried by the sutler.

It’s possible that Walter could not even spell his name as the Civil War Database lists him as “Walter C. Tieman” but notes “Also borne as Walter C. Timm”… this was quite common among young recruits who perhaps just got off the boat in New York City!

Walter’s home town he lists on the I.D. is “West Point, N.Y.” Interestingly, the 31st New York’s first “seeing the elephant” was at “West Point”… Virginia, where they suffered heavy loss. They were also hard hit at Gaines’ Mill and then again on May 3rd, 1863 at Fredericksburg where Walter was wounded and lost his I.D.

A beautiful I.D. with a great story.

#E191 - Price $1,495