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Civil War Dogtag of the 69th Ohio Engraved on a 1857 Flying Eagle Cent

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Civil War Dogtag of the 69th Ohio Engraved on a 1857 Flying Eagle Cent

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Civil War dogtag of James M. Dinwiddie of the 69th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, engraved on an 1857 Flying Eagle cent. Fine. Evidence of mounting remains on edge at 12:00. A fascinating and personal artifact from Private Dinwiddie, who joined the unit on February 15, 1864 at the age of 18. The engraving on the effaced reverse of the cent reads Co. E / 69th OVI / Co. K 1st US I / J.M.D. The surviving roster of the 69th Ohio allows us to positively identify Dinwiddie, but he also seems to appear on the roster of the 2nd Ohio and may be the same James Dinwiddie in other Ohio units as well. The final line of this dogtag seems to reference the 1st U.S. Infantry, but his association with that unit is unclear. Dinwiddie joined up just in time to join the campaign for Atlanta and accompany Sherman on the March to the Sea. In 1916, his name appears as an add-on to a Congressional bill on Civil War pensions. At the age of 85, in 1931, he attended the reunion of the 35th Ohio Infantry in Hamilton, Ohio, the town where his unit was formed in 1861. He was described in a newspaper article of the time as one of just twenty remaining survivors of the regiment. Perhaps he still owned this piece in 1931, or perhaps it was lost in the field before he returned home at age 20. While coins engraved into Civil War dogtags are not entirely unheard of, pieces on Flying Eagle cents are quite unusual.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 44015

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Civil War dogtag of James M. Dinwiddie of the 69th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, engraved on an 1857 Flying Eagle cent. Fine. Evidence of mounting remains on edge at 12:00. A fascinating and personal artifact from Private Dinwiddie, who joined the unit on February 15, 1864 at the age of 18. The engraving on the effaced reverse of the cent reads Co. E / 69th OVI / Co. K 1st US I / J.M.D. The surviving roster of the 69th Ohio allows us to positively identify Dinwiddie, but he also seems to appear on the roster of the 2nd Ohio and may be the same James Dinwiddie in other Ohio units as well. The final line of this dogtag seems to reference the 1st U.S. Infantry, but his association with that unit is unclear. Dinwiddie joined up just in time to join the campaign for Atlanta and accompany Sherman on the March to the Sea. In 1916, his name appears as an add-on to a Congressional bill on Civil War pensions. At the age of 85, in 1931, he attended the reunion of the 35th Ohio Infantry in Hamilton, Ohio, the town where his unit was formed in 1861. He was described in a newspaper article of the time as one of just twenty remaining survivors of the regiment. Perhaps he still owned this piece in 1931, or perhaps it was lost in the field before he returned home at age 20. While coins engraved into Civil War dogtags are not entirely unheard of, pieces on Flying Eagle cents are quite unusual.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 44015

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