STATE OF OHIO CIVIL WAR VETERAN MEDAL ‘Wm F TOWNSEND CO C 30TH REG INFT’.
William F. Townsend aged 18 years, enlisted into Company ‘C’, 30th Ohio Infantry on 29th August 1861. Among the many actions the 30th took part in, their major battles included the battles of Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Vickburg, Chattanooga, Resaca, Dallas, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Ruff’s Mill, Battle of Atlanta and siege of Atlanta. After years of hard fighting with his Regiment, Private Townsend was captured at Atlanta, specifically the engagement at Jonesboro, on 27th August 1864. He does not seem to have been parolled and it is not clear what POW camp he was imprisoned at Florence & and the notorious Andersonville prisons. His musters and service records will be held in the Washington Archives.
Two letters written by Townsend from the front are held in the Maryland Digital archives. They talk of months of hard fighting with the ‘Rebs’, attacks, one of his friends being wounded in the head, having his new hat shot off, the heat in the south, General Sherman and Johnston (Confederate) etc etc. Townsend would be made prisoner at Atlanta 3 weeks after the last letter was sent:
‘camp on the battlefield near Big Shanty Station, Georgia June 26th 1864’
‘Camp on the field of battle near Atlanta GA Aug 6th 1864’
Condition; complete with hanger but missing ribbon and clips. A most interesting medal to a soldier who saw a good deal of action.