Civil War Identification Disk of Private Charles J. Stockwell 2nd Vermont Infantry - Inventory Number: IDE 199
Civil War identification disk with patriotic eagle motif and “WAR OF 1861 / UNITED STATES” legend. The opposite side is stamped “C. J. STICKWELL / BRATTLEBORO / CO. C. / 2nd / REG. VT. VOL.” Charles J. Stockwell enlisted in May 1861 as a private in the 2nd Vermont Infantry, part of the famous “1st Vermont Brigade.” Stockwell served with the 2nd Vermont in most battles fought by the Army of the Potomac from the Seven Days to Sailor’s Creek. He reenlisted in 1864 and was mustered out in July 1865. Stockwell’s brass ID disk measures 1 1/8” and retains some gilt in recessed areas. The disk is accompanied by a hardcover copy of the 2002 book The Second Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 1861-1865 by Paul G. Zeller.
Charles J. Stockwell – Residence Brattleboro VT; Enlisted on 5/1/1861 as a Private. On 6/20/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. VT 2nd Infantry. He Re-enlisted on 1/26/1864. He was Mustered Out on 7/15/1865 at Washington, DC.
2nd Vermont Infantry
In July 1861, the United States Congress authorized President Abraham Lincoln to call out 500,000 men, to serve for three years unless sooner discharged. The 2nd Vermont Infantry was the first of the three years regiments from the state placed in the field as a result of this call, and it served longer in the service than all but one other Vermont unit, the 7th Vermont Infantry. It was organized from militia companies from Brattleboro, Burlington, Castleton, Fletcher, Ludlow, Montpelier, Tunbridge, Vergennes and Waterbury. The colonelcy of the regiment was initially offered to Israel B. Richardson, a native of Vermont, but he had just accepted command of the 1st Michigan Infantry. Richardson recommended a classmate from the United States Military Academy, Henry H. Whiting, and he was commissioned by Governor Erastus Fairbanks on June 6, 1861. George J. Stannard, of St. Albans, was appointed lieutenant colonel, and Charles H. Joyce, a young lawyer from Northfield, was appointed major. The regiment rendezvoused at Burlington and was mustered into United States service on June 20. Four days later, the regiment left for Washington, D.C., arriving on June 26. It was initially brigaded with three Maine regiments under command of Colonel Oliver O. Howard. On July 21, the brigade participated in the First Battle of Bull Run. The regiment suffered 68 casualties: 2 killed, 35 wounded and 31 missing.
August 12, 1861, the regiment transferred to Chain Bridge, where it went into camp with the 3rd Vermont Infantry, 6th Maine Infantry and 33rd New York Infantry. In September, the 4th, 5th and 6th Vermont regiments joined with the 2nd and 3rd to form the famous "Old Vermont Brigade," under the command of newly promoted Brigadier General William Farrar Smith, previously commander of the 3rd Vermont Infantry. Smith was soon assigned command of the division of which the Vermont Brigade was a part, and William T. H. Brooks, a native of Ohio, but the son of a Vermonter, assumed command. Colonel Whiting resigned on February 9, 1863, and was replaced by James H. Walbridge, who commanded the regiment until he resigned on April 1, 1864. He was replaced by Newton Stone, who was killed in action at the Battle of the Wilderness, on May 5, 1864. His replacement, John S. Tyler, had been wounded on May 5, and died of his wounds on May 23. Amasa Tracy, his replacement, commanded the regiment until it was disbanded. Lieutenant Colonel George J. Stannard was promoted to the colonelcy of the 9th Vermont Infantry on May 21, 1862, and later commanded the 2nd Vermont Brigade, which garnered honors for its participation in the repulse of Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. The original members of the regiment, who did not reenlist, were mustered out of the service on June 29, 1864. One-year recruits and others whose term of service was due to expire prior to October 1, 1865, were mustered out on June 19, 1865. The remaining officers and men mustered out of service on July 15.
Comes housed in a 12 x 16 inch display case with blue velvet backing and descriptive card.
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