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Identification Disks

"The Civil War provided the first recorded incident of American soldiers making an effort to ensure that their identities would be known should they die on the battlefield."
- Captain Richard W. Wooley, Quatermaster Profession Bulletin, December 1988.

There were several types of disks, the obverse usually one of several styles, and the reverse the information on the soldier. The most common one was the Eagle (War of 1861); the others are two variants of Lincoln's bust, variants of MClellan's bust, a Shield (War for the Union, 1862), and a number of what I guess you'd call stylized ones, including a U.S. Half-Dollar coin. Occasionally they would use their VI Corps badge, putting their name and unit on them.


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