1st Minnesota corps insignia

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Titles 1st Minnesota corps insignia
Description Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac shamrock or trefoil-shaped corps badge made of stamped brass. The badge was worn during the Civil War by Captain Mahlon Black of the 2nd Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters. Raised panels on the leaves of the clover are marked "FIRST / MINN / VOLS". Black's unit, after serving in the Army of the Potomac, was assigned to duty with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the first day of the battle of Fair Oaks. In 1865, after being formally mustered out, Black re-enlisted and was transferred to the 1st Minnesota Battalion.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 5.3 centimeters width
4.3 centimeters length
Nomenclature badge
military uniform
Materials brass (alloy)
Subjects Owned/used by: Black, Mahlon T.
Issued by: United States, Army, Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1864)
United States, Army, Minnesota Sharpshooters, 2nd Company (1862-1865)
United States, Army, Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1864), Company L
United States, Army, Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1864), Battalion, 1st
United States, Army, Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1864)
United States, Army of the Potomac
Used in: United States
Used during: Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment and supplies.
Military. Insignia, Medals, & Buttons
Military. 1861-1865 (Civil & Indian Wars). Clothing. Accessories
Dates Use: Not earlier than 1862 - Not later than 1865
Content: 05/30/1862 - 11/23/1863 (Dates Mahlon T. Black's military unit was attached to First Minnesota Infantry.)
Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 7041.3.G (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • Stephen Osman on September 12, 2016 03:15:31 PM
    Several examples of this same badge are known in two minor die variations, and all date to the early post war period. They were manufactured for sale to the veterans. None have been noted on Civil War photographs of First Minnesota men and none have been excavated on Civil War sites. One extant example is inscribed to a First Minnesota veteran who left service before corps badges were authorized.

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