US Navy Civil War Campaign Medals

CW 1.)
Civil War # 755, issued to George F. Gilbert on November 17, 1910. Gilbert served in the 29th New Jersey Infantry Regiment from September 1862 to June 1863. He enlisted in the navy in August 1864 and served nine months on the USS Santiago de Cuba, from September 1864 to June 17, 1865. This service included the capture of several blockade runners and participation in both battles at Fort Fisher. Six of Gilbert’s shipmates, incuding John Griffiths, were awarded the Medal of Honor for service ashore during the second battle of Fort Fisher in January 1865. Unfortunately the research currently with this medal doesn’t give details details on whether Gilbert was on shore or aboard ship during the battle, but either way he participated in the action.

 

Research file includes a copy of the application for the medal and receipt for same, which verifies the number. Also, a copy of his pension file, which documents military service. Purchased for $1950 from FJP Auctions in May 2003. Planchet in good condition, original ribbon somewhat tattered, top right edge of ribbon repaired with some sort of resin or glue, replaced brooch.

 

Price: Sold

 

                                                                                                            Application for medal.

 
                                                                Signed receipt for medal, showing number.

Santiago de Cuba, a wooden, brigantine-rigged, side wheel steamer built in 1861 at Brooklyn, N.Y., was purchased by the Navy on 6 September 1861 at New York City; and was commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 5 November 1861, Comdr. Daniel B. Ridgely in command.

In September 1864, Santiago de Cuba took A. D. Vance at sea northeast of Wilmington, attempting to carry a cargo of cotton to Europe. On 2 November 1864, blockade runner steamer, Lucy, struck her colors in compliance with a demand from Santiago de Cuba.

Soon thereafter, the steamer began preparation for a new experience. She was assigned to the task force in which Rear Admiral David D. Porter attacked Fort Fisher on Christmas Eve, 1864. During the operation, she protected the landing troops as they went ashore, supported them during the fighting, and covered them as they reluctantly reembarked the next day, under orders of General B. F. Butler, the army commander.


Porter immediately began work organizing a new invasion force. The union warships and Army transports returned to the vicinity of Wilmington in mid-January 1865. After a bloody three-day fight, Fort Fisher fell on the 15th.

The next day, Santiago de Cuba embarked men wounded in the battle and sailed for Norfolk. After the war ended, Santiago de Cuba was decommissioned on 17 June 1865 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.





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CW 2.) Civil War # 1489, issued to James Hackett (or Hacket) on February 6, 1913. Hackett (alias Barnard Hackett) enlisted in the 7th Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry in September 1862. This regiment was heavily engaged at Fredericksburg in December, loosing 165 men killed, wounded or missing. Hackett’s service file notes that he was one of the wounded. He was discharged for disability in March 1863 but two months later enlisted in the navy as a landsman. He served on the receiving ship USS Ohio and on the USS Montgomery until discharge on May 13, 1864. During this time the Montgomery captured or destroyed a number of blockade runners. Hackett again enlisted in navy October 1867, served on Ohio and Contoocook until August 1868. He also served in the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment under the name Barnard Hackett from December 1869 to February 1871 and was at the Battle of Camp Supply, Oklahoma in 1870. Hackett again served in navy from July 1877 to March 1878, serving on the USS Wyoming, Franklin, Hartford and Catskill. He died at Bristol, RI on July 25, 1920.

With complete research file, including; Copy of application for USN Civil War Medal, receipt for medal and index card, with the last two documents containing medal number. Also, volunteer service file for 7th RI Infantry and other related research.
Very poor condition, with replaced planchet ring and re-ribboned. The finish was completely polished off and the metal has re-toned unevenly. Also note that the planchet ring is attached somewhat off center. While the condition is rough, the recipient is very interesting, with combat service in the Army and Navy as well as the Indian Wars. Probably the only USN CW medal issued to a man who was wounded at Fredericksburg.

Price $850 

The Battle of Fredericksburg was one of the worst defeats of the Civil War for the Federal Army. The Seventh Rhode Island went in at 12:20 on the afternoon of December 13, 1862. Almost immediately, Rhode Islanders were being killed and maimed. Lieutenant Colonel Welcome B. Sayles was hit in the chest by a shell, sprinkling pieces of his body all over members of the Seventh. After halting in the middle of the field to fire their Enfields, the Seventh surged forward in an attempt to flank the wall; they were repulsed by "a perfect volcano of flame." They halted one hundred and fifty paces from the sunken road. Their flag became the farthest advanced banner in the Ninth Corps. After remaining on the field for seven hours, the Seventh was relieved and returned to Fredericksburg. 570 officers and men went into the fight, 220 became casualties; including over 50 dead. As the regiment assembled after its charge, all Colonel Bliss could say to his battered regiment of young Rhode Islanders was "you have covered yourself with mud and glory."


 

 

 




                                         Campaign Medal index card, showing service, medal number and date of issue.




Hackett's Army pension index card, showing service with the 3rd US Infantry from 1869 to 1871.





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CW 3.) Civil War # 2047, issued to Charles W. Held in May 1914. Held enlisted as a landsman on January 18, 1865. He served briefly on the USS North Carolina, St. Louis, New Hampshire and monitor Canonicus until June 30, 1865.

Research file includes a copy of the application for the medal and receipt for same, which verifies the number. Also, numerous pages documenting Held’s service. Good condition with original ribbon and brooch.

Price - Sold




                                                                             Application for medal.

             
                Signed receipt for medal, showing number. (Shown enlarged. Actual size aprox. 1.5 inches x 3 inches.)

 

  

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