Stamped silver identification disk of William T. Hamilton, a 25-year-old farmer that enlisted in the 3rd Missouri Cavalry in October 1861. Hamilton spent the majority of his service as a cavalry scout and orderly in Arkansas. He was mustered out of service in November 1864. The badge measures 1” in diameter with an uncleaned sliver patina and is missing the attachment pin. An attractive ID badge from a trans-Mississippi theater cavalryman.
Third Cavalry MISSOURI (3-YEARS)
Third Cavalry. -- Col., John M. Glover; Lieut.-Cols., W. C. Gantt, Robert Carrick, Thomas G. Black, John H. Reed; Majs., Robert Carrick, T. T. Howland, H. A. Gallup; J. A. Lamon, T. J. Mitchell, J. H. Reed George S. Avery.
The regiment was organized in the fall of 1861, Col. Glover's commission being dated Sept. 4. During the months of Dec. 1861, and Jan. 1862, it was engaged in the suppression of the guerrillas about Palmyra, defeating them at Mountain Store, Sinking creek, Wyman's mill, Newtonia, Hartville and other places.
It formed part of the Union forces that attacked and defeated Marmaduke at Hartville and was active in the pursuit of that officer in his expedition into Missouri. In August and September, it was in the 2nd brigade of Davidson's division in the expedition against Little Rock, and participated in the engagements at Bayous Meto and Fourche, and Jacksonport.
In Dec.1862 a detachment of the regiment was assigned to Gen. Carr's command in the St. Louis district, and in March, 1864, the regiment formed part of Anderson's brigade of Carr's division in Steele's Camden expedition.
It remained in Arkansas the greater part of the year on scout duty. In Jan. 1865, it was stationed at Little Rock, very much reduced by casualties and the muster out of the non-veterans at the expiration of their term of enlistment.
Under an order of March 21, 1865 it was consolidated into five companies, and was subsequently consolidated with the 11th Mo. cavalry. It was mustered out with that regiment July 27, 1865.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 273
William T. Hamilton - Enlisted on 10/1/1861 at St Louis, MO as a Private. On 10/1/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. MO 3rd Cavalry. Other Information: Member of GAR Post # 311 (R. K. McCoy) in Clayton, IL Died 8/22/1920.
Comes housed in a 8 x 12 inch display case with blue velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: IDE 193 / SOLD