George Washington Style ID Disk of James Russell, 4th Rhode Island Infantry

Round ID disk with star border and profile portrait of George Washington, approx. 1.25 in. diameter. The reverse of the disk reads, "JAMES RUSSELL / CO. F. / 4 REG. R.I. / VOLUNTEERS / ENTERED SERVICE / SEPT. 17. / 1861." Bold indicates the customized text portions of this tag, of a unique style in which the sutler received pre-stamped ID disks and merely had to fill in the missing information for each enlisted solider (Stahl and Maier, 46).

James Russell enlisted on September 17, 1861 in Providence, RI as a private. One year later, he was wounded at the Battle of Antietam and spent nearly four months in the hospital at Sharpsburg, MD. He returned to his regiment on January 15, 1863 and was mustered out on October 15, 1864.

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