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Excellent Gilded Brass 1862 "Battle Badge" with General Burnside Image
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This is a fantastic piece of history! This is an original Civil War production badge. This is the style that they listed in the Civil War advertisements as "NATIONAL BATTLE PINS". This pin is made of 2 pieces of stamped brass. The shield shape front has the scales of justice at the top with the 1862 date. Below that it has Lady Liberty with the crossed sabers below. In the center it has the small oval image of a General. They offered these with multiple choices of Generals. This one shows the image of Union General Ambrose Everett Burnside (1824-1881). Burnside was born in Liberty, Indiana on May 23rd 1824. Burnside attended West point and graduated in 1847 as a Brevet Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Artillery. He served during the Mexican War but mainly did garrison duty. Burnside resigned his commission in 1853 and went to Bristol, Rhode Island where he went into the gun business. It was here that he produced the first of the famous carbines to carry his name. He didn't do very well at the business and the guns was latter produced without him but still bore his name. Before the war he went back to the army and was a major General of the state militia. He was a brigade commander at first Manassas and was appointed as a Brigadier General of volunteers on August 6th 1861. He served in that post until March of 1862 when Lincoln appointed him as a Major General of volunteers. At Antietam he was in charge of the horrible slaughter of his troops trying to cross a bridge that would forever be known as Burnside's Bridge. He had several equally unsuccessful battles and was relieved of command and he was sent to the Department of the Ohio. He resigned from service on April 15th 1865. Three times he would be elected the Governor of Rhode Island until he died in 1881. He is also well known for his sideburns for which he is credited and his name helped add title. The back of the piece has the smooth stamped brass piece and it has the original straight style attachment pin. These were advertised in several of the finer publications of the Civil War including the Harpers weekly papers. The last couple of images show the ads. This is a scarce and beautiful piece from all angles!

Item #: A9046
Shipping Weight: 0.3 lb
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