New Jersey FIRST DEFENDER Service Medal
Awarded to Frederick T. Farrier.
He enlisted May 1, 1861 as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company "G" Co. of the 2nd New Jersey Infantry. He mustered out on July 31 of that year. He reenlisted on March 27, 1862 initially as a 1st Sergeant, in Company "G" of the 10th New Jersey Infantry. Quickly returning to rank of 2nd Lt. in August 1863, 1st Lt. in October 1864, served briefly in Company B before returning to Co. G as a Captain in December 1864. He Mustered Out on 7/1/1865.
The 2nd NJ served garrison and guard duty in it’s three-month initial duty. With the 10th New Jersey from March of 1862 to July 1865, Farrier would have served in numerous engagements throughout Virginia to include The Wilderness, Winchester and Petersburg.
Several states issued service medals to their veterans of the Civil War. The NJ State medal, Mass. Minuteman, and the W. VA service medal are commonly seen. This award by the state of New Jersey only to members of the NJ Brigade who answered Lincoln's call to arms in April of 1861 but was not authorized until 1901. I do not have an accurate number of those issued however, but it surely is far lower than other state service medals.