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Shield badge A.A.Thompson 11th ILL. Inf.


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     This sterling shield badge has crossed sabers (odd insignia for an infantry unit) and reads , A.A.Thompson Adjutant of 11th Ills. Inft. Alonzo Thompson (Thomson) enlisted on Dec. 12 , 1862 rose thru the ranks to Sargent Major and ultimately to Adjutant , mustering out at Baton Rouge on July 14, 1865.  
      The 11th was a great western theater unit seeing action from Columbus Ky. (Grant was very nearly killed or captured here ) in early 1862 to the surrender of Mobile in 1865.  Participating in the Battle of Shiloh , the Vicksburg Campaign and many other engagements.  
       Western Unit Badges are rare , they turn up for units that transferred from the Eastern Theater but not as much from strictly Western Theater units.  This is a  nice wartime shield badge. I’ve been reading , “Grant “ by Ron Chernow , I’am really enjoying it and recommend it. As I think of Grant as a western theater soldier.  I thought this badge a good way to recommend the book. 
 

 

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1 hour ago, USCapturephotos said:

Another wonderful badge Mike! I would love to see all of your badges and Id discs together. Thanks for showing it with us in the forum.

Paul


Mike Irish and Paul thanks for the comments , here is a couple of photos Paul.   Thanks again guys Mike48F44850-2F46-4FA0-BC1F-0685B1550E1B.jpeg.a66eb71bf3900a753bad5d165fc6abd4.jpegEECA9670-94E0-4840-881E-D85AB8F07251.jpeg.b5581261b94979bdf7b16dd934b1acdd.jpeg

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Well it’s my time to eat some crow. I keep a written list of badges that I have posted here. I got it out to add Alonzo Thompson so I wouldn’t make repeat post on the forum. Well at the top of my list I see Alonzo already listed. Not only that but I made a mistake in my initial post , showing him at the battle of Belmont (Columbus Ky) when he was not in the service yet. Honest mistake but an error just the same.    Crow meat ain’t bad , long as you’re hungry.   Thanks Mike

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27 minutes ago, skypilot6670 said:

Well it’s my time to eat some crow. I keep a written list of badges that I have posted here. I got it out to add Alonzo Thompson so I wouldn’t make repeat post on the forum. Well at the top of my list I see Alonzo already listed. Not only that but I made a mistake in my initial post , showing him at the battle of Belmont (Columbus Ky) when he was not in the service yet. Honest mistake but an error just the same.    Crow meat ain’t bad , long as you’re hungry.   Thanks Mike

LoL! If have to be starving!  But remember, my birthday is in November! I see several that would look great on my shelf!

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Great badge and badges! You can almost see all of the individual badge histories floating around the group photos! 
 

Frank

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Thanks for the kind words Frank and Beerdragon54.  Each one has a story to tell .  I’ve pulled their service  and pension files , as you can see in the photo The pieces run the gamut from hero to deserter all are part of the bigger history of the war.  Thanks again Fraternally Yours Mikeimage.jpg.0afce20b9578fc8ab5f24f0990aec22b.jpg

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