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Silver Corps Badge of Captain Thomas H. Abbott, 35th & 191st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  WIA & POW.  Beautiful sterling silver corps badge of Captain Abbott.  Captain Abbott enlisted on April 19, 1861 as a Corporal in Company G, 35th Pennsylvania Infantry.  He was promoted several times to Sgt. Major on April 11, 1863, First Lieutenant on June 6, 1864 and finally Captain on April 18, 1865.  Captain Abbott was transferred into Company F, 191st Pennsylvania Infantry on May 31, 1864, where he received this silver identification badge.  The badge has his name in period script at the top “Capt. Thos. H. Abbott.”  The Corps Badge has “Co. F” at the top, “191st Pa V.” at the bottom and “2nd Vol. Pa. Reserve” in fancy lettering across the middle of the badge.  The back pin/clip is functional and is of period manufacture.  A complete binder of military records accompanies the corps badge.  Records indicate Captain Thomas Abbott was wounded in the left side by a fragment of shell, and he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Weldon Railroad on August 19, 1864.  Extensive detailed records show Captain Abbott was a prisoner of war at Salisbury Prison, N.C. The following from the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Note Sgt. Major Abbott's name in the upper right corner: