This was purchased from a “picker” south of Boston earlier this year.
Made of silver, unmarked and in the shape of the 19th Army Corps, this badge has crossed sabers superimposed over the top of the badge. Missing unfortunately is the pin brooch, however the suspension chains still remain.
I bought this piece earlier this year from a collector from the South Shore area, below Boston. There was no history with the badge, but research led me to conclude the badge belonged to a member of the 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry (originally the 41st Mass (Mounted) Infantry) which was attached to the 19th Corps, under Colonel Benjamin Grierson, having taken part in the siege of Port Hudson, and later the Red River Expedition.
In July of 1864, the regiment was transferred back east, where it became part of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Corps, taking part in several engagements in the Shenandoah Valley (Battle of Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, and Cedar Creek).
In June of 1865, the regiment proceeded to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, preparing to campaign warring tribes in Kansas , Nebraska, and the Dakota Territory.
I wish I had more information and the complete badge, but the what is here is still significant.
The badge has a fine chiseled zig-zag border, the grips of the sabers have lines engraved simulating grip wire. Nearly 2 inches in height (tip of chain to bottom of badge). Badge itself is 1 3/16″ square.