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Antique Grand Army of the Republic Medal

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$8.00 (Fixed shipping cost)
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Antique Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) medal circa 1870.  The GAR medal was awarded to veterans of the Union Army, Navy, Marines and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the Civil War.  The fraternal organization was founded in 1866 in Decatur, IL and was dissolved in 1956 when the last member died. The actual medal measures approximately 3.5" long. Overall the medal is in good condition with the primary wear showing to the material of the flag. The medal was framed when we purchased it in NW Michigan and we did not open to be able to note the number on the backside of the ribbon. Please mouse over the photographs to see the condition details up close.

According to an excerpt from the Anoka Union newspaper, Dec. 21, 1887: 

"Each Grand Army badge is made of metal from cannon taken from the foe in actual battle on some of the decisive fields of the war."

“The design of the badge, in use since 1869, is one that commemorates the great struggle in many ways."

“The pendant of the badge is a five pointed star, like the Medal of Honor granted by Congress, and is made of cannon bronze."

“The face of the medal has the Goddess of Liberty in the center, representing loyalty, and on either side stands a soldier and a sailor clasping hands in front of the Goddess to represent fraternity."

“Two children are kneeling in the foreground to receive a benediction and the assurance of protection from comrades.  This is the symbol of charity."

“On each side of this center group are the flag and eagle representing freedom and an ax and a bundle of rods for union."

“In the star points are the emblems of different arms of service, bugle for infantry, cannon for artillery, muskets for marines, swords for cavalry, and an anchor for sailors."

“Surrounding the center is the legend, ‘Grand Army of the Republic, 1861 – Veterans -1866,’the later date commemorating the close of the war and the founding of the order."

“On the reverse side is a laurel branch for victory, and the national shield surrounded by the different corps badges, each on a keystone showing that they are united and will protect the union."

“The clasp of the badge is an eagle with crossed cannons and ammunition, representing defense."

“The clasp and medal are united by the national flag, which is the ribbon of the order.”

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