A great corps badge, for a unit with a good combat record.
12th & 20th Corps Badge- ID’d 28th Pennsylvania Infantry. Identified to Jacob D. Fries, from Blair County, Pa. who enlisted on July 6, 1861 as a private into Co. “E,” 28th Pennsylvania Infantry, and mustered out as a veteran volunteer on July 18, 1865 at Washington, D.C. He was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va. on May 3, 1863. I don’t have complete records, but he returned to the regiment at some point, and received a promotion to corporal in April of 1865.
Fries most likely saw combat at Antietam, Chancellorsville, (probably missed Gettysburg), and would later join up with his regiment in Georgia and may have been in the Atlanta campaign, Siege of Savannah, and in Sherman’s march to the sea campaign.
The 12th/20th corps badge has a cut-out center leaving the “28” exposed. The engraving reads, ” J.D.F. Co.”E” PVV. Originally this silver badge had a pin affixed, but was either broken off or mostly removed to add 3 wire prongs for mounting on his forage cap. Only one wire remains.
50mm length star point to point.
Overall in very good -fine condition with untouched patina.