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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.


Adams, Edgar A.
Alexander, Joseph
Andrews, John S.
Archer, Jacob S.
Bailey, Eben Jr.
Barber, Lawson E.
Barnett, William Wallace
Brackett, William H.
Buzzell, Samuel D.
Campbell, John
Carney, Earl P.
Carpenter, Amasa W.
Carruth, Robert B.
Champaigne, Joseph
Champlin, Roderick A.
Converse, John Rollin
Crane, Porter C. Jr.
Crawford, William
Crowther, Summersgill Clarkson
Davis, John T.
Drew, William S.
Dudley, Charles P.
Dunbar, Henry
Eaton, Joseph C.
Elmer, James Putnam
Fisher, Oscar A.
Gardner, Horace
Goodno, Martin
Gregory, Joseph
Hall, Merrill M.
Hamilton, Eugene A.
Hayward, Rufus G.
Headle, David
Herrick, Edgar E.
Holt, Amos
Hopkins, Ebenezer
Huntoon, Hiram J.
Jacobs, Elias R.
Judd, Albert Samuel
Keith, Lucian H.
Kendall, Newall A.
Kinsman, Albert A.
Lafayette, Isaac
Leonard, Henry
Marston, Archibald
Marvin, Squire A.
McLam, James
Meeker, Henry V.
Morey, Norman E.
Morse, William A.
Moulton, Eliphalet Pillsbury
O'Riley, John
Patch, David A.
Perkins, Edward H.
Phinney, Patrick
Piper, Charles F.
Quimby, Daniel C.
Rock, Alphonzo Howard
Rollins, David
Sawyer, Joshua Peaslee
Sheldon, Charles Gilbert
Shonnio, Chauncey S.
Small, Herman L.
Smith, Edward B.
Smith, Edward H.
Stevens, Calvin L.
Stewart, Dexter G.
Story, Herbert H.
Sturgess, Ezra B.
Sullivan, John D.
Thompson, David R.
Tracy, William Carter
Truax, Charles
Turner, Edwin Morris
Ward, Frank
Washburn, William L.
Welch, Bartholomew
Whitney, Cyrus O.
Williams, Peter
Wilson, William H.
Woodbury, William

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