One of the Rarest Style of Civil War I.D. Discs  – Offered to Men who Fought at the Battle of  Antietam, Sep. 17th, 1862 – M. Duffy, Co. C, 51st New York Volunteers

This style tag is pictured on page 31 of the book Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War, where it is listed as “Very Rare”. It is probably the largest Civil War I.D. measuring a full 1 1/2 inches across with a large bust of McClellan and the words “Antietam, Sep. 17th, 1862″. It is made of a white metal and on the reverse is nicely stamped:

51 N. Y. V.

Michael Duffy enlisted on September 30th, 1861 in New York City. The 51st New York first headed south to fight at Roanoke Island and New Berne before heading north to the battle of Second Bull Run. At the battle of Antietam, they were hard hit losing 87 killed or wounded “IN A MOST BRILLANT CHARGE ACROSS THE STONE BRIDGE, WHICH ALONE WOULD HAVE MADE THE FIGHTING QUALITIES OF THE REGIMENT RENOWNED.”

Artist Julian Scott made a famous painting of Col. Robert Potter of the 51st New York leading his men at Antietam (see photo). 

The I.D. is in fine condition with an uncleaned patina and a great look to it. A rare, historic I.D.

#A570NY – Price $3,250

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