Small "penny size" McClellan style ID disc, approx 0.75 in. diameter, with obverse featuring bust-length profile portrait of the General surrounded by text: "MAJ. GEN. G.B. MCCLELLAN / PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN." Reverse text identifies owner as "THOMAS RILEY. / CO. D. / 18TH N.Y. / CAV'Y. / N.Y. CITY."
Riley enlisted in August of 1863 in Troy, NY and served with the 18th New York Cavalry, seeing action in Louisiana and Texas. The regiment's most severe loss occurred at Sabine Crossroads during the Red River Campaign, where more men actually died from drowning than enemy fire. The 18th lost twenty-four men in the foundering of the steamer North American off the coast of Florida on December 22nd, 1864. Fortunately for Riley, he was not on that boat and ultimately remained in Texas after the war ended to fight American Indians.
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