Presented to Adam Sanderson, who served with the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery (originally the 14th Mass. Inf.) during the Civil War.
Joseph A. Sanderson enlisted on July 5, 1861, into the 14th Massachusetts Infantry, but the unit designation changed very shortly after to the 1st Mass. Heavy Artillery. He was discharged on February 4, 1865. He was listed as a POW, taken at Petersburg, Va. on June 22, 1864, and exchanged Dec. 1, 1864. After the war he was a police sergeant living in Germantown, Pennsylvania.
Joseph “Adam” Sanderson was presented this gold past commanders badge on January 1st, 1903 from the Ellis Post No. 6, Germantown, Pa. After General Grant took command of the Army of the Potomac, he utilized most of the heavy artillery units around Washington, by essentially making them infantry units against the crumbling Army of Northern Virginia. I have to assume that Sanderson, and maybe many of the members of the 1st Mass HA choose to use the old 14th Infantry designation, since that was what they were initially mustered as.
94mm high. 20 grams.
Excellent condition. A soldier with a decent record.