c1865 American Civil War Identity Tag and Carved Bone Ring


A very nice pair of American Civil War memorabilia that belonged to Private George H. Losey of the 50th New York Engineers.

The items consist of an originals soldier’s private purchase Identity Tag and a carved bone ring with the Engineers Castle badge on it. The identity tag is made of silver and made in 2 parts. The bottom shield is stamped Co. L 50” N.Y. VOL.ENG. above the emblem of the Union Engineer’s castle. The silver suspender has been engraved G.H. LOSEY. The silver has a small jewellers mark. There is also a very attractive ring, made of carved bone. It has the US shield and stars, with the Engineers castle in the middle. Rare and desirable items.

George H. LOSEY enlisted in the Union Army, aged 22, on the 15th March 1865, at Rochester. He was mustered in as private, unassigned, but ended in L Company of the 50th New York Engineers. Although serving only until June 13th, he witnessed a number of severe engagements. He signed to serve for one year. He was mustered out on the 13th June 1865 at Fort Barry (Berry), Virginia. He was born January 10, 1843, and although a miller by trade, his chief occupation had been farming and market-gardening. He also worked as clerk in a store several years. After the War, he returned to Parma, and in 1867 married Arrobelle (Belle), daughter of Henry Pullis, of Greece. They have one son, James Le Vere. Living for a time in Greece, Mr. Losey was elected Justice of the Peace and overseer of the poor, and was a postmaster under Cleveland's administration.

The 50th New York Engineers regiment left the State September 20, 1861, and served as infantry at Washington, D. C., in the 3d Brigade, of Fitz-John Porter's Division, from September 30, 1861. They were the Volunteer Brigade of Engineers, Army of the Potomac, from March, 1862. Commanded by Col. William H. Pettes, the regiment was honourably discharged and mustered out at Fort Berry, VA., on the 13th and 14th June, 1865.

Size tag: 4.3 x 5.3 cm (1 11/16 x 2 1/8 inches)
Finger size: O+
Weight: 18 g