Round pewter identification disk, approx. 1.125 in. diameter. Obverse engraved with laurels and text reading, "WAR of 1861 / ENGAGED IN THE ABOVE BATTLES" and stamped, "KINGSTON / WHITEHALL / GOLDSBORO / WASHINGTON." Reverse stamped, "N.L.C. BROWN / CO. G. / 44TH REG / M.V.M. / BOSTON MASS." Hole at top with hanging ring attached.
Nathan L. C. Brown, a nineteen-year-old clerk from Boston, MA enlisted as a private on August 29, 1862 after Lincoln's call for 300,000 troops earlier that summer. The 44th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, a new unit raised to fill the state’s quota of nine-month troops, was organized at Readville, MA and mustered into US service September 12, 1862. In late October, they moved to New Bern, NC, where they joined Stevenson’s Brigade, later the 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 18th Army Corps.
In early December, the regiment embarked on an expedition to Goldsboro, reaching Kinston on December 14 and Whitehall on December 16, where 8 men were killed. The next day, at Goldsboro, they suffered no losses and returned to New Bern on December 20. Around mid-March, select companies of the 44th were sent to reinforce the garrison of Little Washington, where they remained through a siege which took place during the first two weeks of April. The regiment returned to New Bern by the end of the month and served as provost guard there until its term of service expired in June.
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