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  • Identification Shield of Cyrus Waterman Remington 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery


    Identification Shield of Cyrus Waterman Remington 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery - Inventory Number:  IDE 192

    Silver shield identification badge engraved “Cyrus W. Remington / Co. C / 3d R. I. Artillery.” Cyrus Waterman Remington enlisted in August 1861 as a private in Company C, 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery. He was engaged at the siege of Fort Wagner and the Battle of Olustee, Florida. In September 1864 he was promoted to Artificer, a duty that entailed the maintenance and repair of the battery’s carriages, limbers, and caissons, and was mustered out in June 1865. Remington applied for an invalid pension for rheumatism, lumbago, partial deafness, and disease of the urinary organs developed during his service and died in 1926. The badge measures about 1” across and has developed an uncleaned silver patina and is complete with the pin attachment on the back. Included with the badge are extensive copies of pension records, muster rolls, unit history, and a copy of Remington’s Civil War discharge. 

    Cyrus W. Remington - Residence Coventry RI; Enlisted on 8/22/1861 as a Private. On 10/5/1861 he mustered into “C” Co. RI 3rd Heavy Artillery. He Re-enlisted on 1/20/1864. He was Mustered Out on 6/9/1865. He was listed as: Vet Furlough 2/28/1864. Promotions: Artificer 9/1/1864.


    Rhode Island Third Regiment Rhode Island Heavy Artillery. (Three Years)

         Within the limits prescribed only the most succinct outline can be presented of the varied and extended services of this regiment.  The period of its service extended from August, 1861 to September, 1865, during which time its several companies were scattered over a wide territory and many States; serving now as infantry, now as heavy artillery, now as light artillery, and at times detachments from different companies serving for longer or shorter periods upon armed transports as coast guard or on special service.  The principal field of its activities was in the Department of the South, which embraced South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, under the command successively of Generals Thomas W. Sherman, David Hunter, Ormsby M. Mitchell, Quincy A. Gillmore and John G. Foster; against whom commanded in succession Generals Robert E. Lee, John C. Pemberton and G. T. Beauregard.  The brevity of this sketch determines its plan, which rigidly excludes all personal matters, all matters of detail, as well as extended comments upon the events chronicled.  It seeks to group the widely scattered and multiform services of the different companies of this Regiment under the general movements of the army or armies to which they belonged.

         MUSTER OUT.-At the close of the war the Regiment arrived home in the following order: June 12, 1865, Light Battery C, 4 officers and 92 men, under Capt. James, arrived in Providence, having already been mustered out in Richmond, Va.; August 1st, Light Battery A, 5 officers and 83 men, under Capt. Hamner,b arrived and were mustered out August 4th; August 27th, Co.'s B and D, and others not previously discharged, numbering 9 officers and 170 men, under Lieut.-Col. Ames, were mustered out at Charleston, S. C., and on their arrival at Providence these companies were warmly received and entertained by the State officials.

         Thus closed the services of the largest military organization ever sent into the field by the State of Rhode Island, and one whose term of service extended from August 14,1861, to August 27,1865.

        The following table of numbers and casualties is made up from the roll that follows:

                                               Total     Aggregate

        Number of separate names on roll ......1723

        Number of re-enlisted of " Veterans "...300

        Aggregate number of men enrolled...................2023

        Number killed............................39

        Number died of wounds....................17

        Number died of disease and other causes..77

        Aggregate number killed and deceased................133

        Number wounded...........................80

        Number discharged for disability........269

         In accordance with the instructions of the War Departmentand by authority of Gen. Grant, Major Gen. Gillmore issued an order that the names of the following sieges and battles should be inscribed upon the colors of the Regiment:

             Fort Pulaski,           Drury's Bluff,

             Secessionville,         Laurel Hill,

             Pocotaligo,             Honey Hill,

             Morris Island,          Deveaux Neck,

             Fort Sumter,            Fort Burnham,

             Fort Wagner,            Petersburg,

    Comes housed in an 8 x 12 inch display case with blue velvet backing and descriptive card.

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     Inventory Number:  IDE 192