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WEST VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR MEDAL ‘WILM. N. ARNETT CO. E 17TH REG. INF. VOLS. DIED OF WOUNDS OR DISEASE

William N Arnett, aged 34, mustered into service on 3rd September 1864. Serving in Company E, 17th West Virginia Infantry on formation of the Regiment. After a short illness, he died 9th Feb 1865 of typhoid fever.

West Virginian was one of the few States that authorised such a medal to Union Army veterans, the medal being based on the British Crimea and Ohio veterans medal. Three different disc/suspension designs were issued, a) Honorably Discharged, b) For Liberty (died of wounds/sickness), c) Killed in Battle. Issued in 1866, in all 26,000 of these medals were minted, although a large amount were never claimed. They were all officially impressed with the soldiers details on the rim, in a similar style to British WW1 medals. These medals are often found minus their suspension.

See write up for Regiment service.

Condition F, disc only, scarce, only 3320 ‘For Liberty’ medals struck.

Code J1471        Price £215