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Civil War Identification Badge 14k Gold On Silver 11th NJ Officer KIA Gettysburg


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Type: PinOriginal/Reprint: Original
Date of Creation: 1862-1863
Original Description:
Original 1862-1863 Civil War 14k gold on silver identification shield badge for Lieutenant Andrew Ackerman of Company A, 11th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. The badge is beautifully etched and reads, "Lieutenant A. Ackerman Co A 11 New Jersey Vol. Inf." Ackerman was killed in action at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 while in command of his company north and east of the Peach Orchard, near the Klingel farm on Emmitsburg Road. The badge is shown above against a photo of Captai...n Ackerman in the book, "The Faces of Gettysburg" edited by JoAnna M. McDonald (1997), which will be included in this sale.At the outbreak of the war, Andrew Ackerman volunteered his services as a Private in Company I of the 2nd New Jersey Infantry. On July 21, 1862 he was discharged from the 2nd New Jersey for promotion, and on August 18, 1862 he was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in Company A of the 11th New Jersey Infantry. He was promoted Captain of Company C on March 6, 1863, and fought with distinction at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. As one soldier, a member of his regiment, said after the battle of Chancellorsville, "Captain Ackerman was struck in the leg by a piece of shell, but gallantly remained with his regiment until it was withdrawn from the field." On June 11, 1863 the 11th began its march northward with General Daniel Sickles' Third Army Corps to the field where Andrew Hopper Ackerman would lose his life. On that fateful day of July 2nd, 1863, the 11th New Jersey Infantry would suffer the loss or incapacitation of many of its officers in the fight on the low ground north and east of the Peach Orchard and near Emmitsburg Road. Colonel McAllister, Captain Lloyd, Lieutenants Schoonover, Provost, Fausett, Good, and Axtell wounded. Major Kearny mortally wounded. Captains Ackerman, Logan, and Martin killed. Including the 18 enlisted men killed, the 6 mortally wounded, and the 115 wounded, the regiment suffered a 62% loss. Additional information on Captain Andrew Ackerman can be found at www.facebook.com/passaiccountynj/posts/this-is-a-long-story-but-one-that-needs-to-be-told-and-re-told-concerning-a-pass/1081732911895148/, which includes the sad fact that Ackerman's body is missing and resting in an unknown and probably unmarked location.Additional information on Civil War identification badges can be found at warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/civil-war/civil-war-identification-badges/. * CONDITION: Very Good+
* SIZE: Measures approximately 1 3/16 x 1 5/8 inches.



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