Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Forsyth Post at the 1908 Toledo, Ohio National Encampment Badge

Summary

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a Union veterans' organization formed in 1866, held state and national conventions or "encampments" where members could reunite with other Civil War veterans. Encampment attendees--sporting badges and other insignia--paraded through town, gathered at receptions, toured local attractions, and reminisced about shared wartime experiences. The GAR sponsored these meetings for over 80 years.

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a Union veterans' organization formed in 1866, held state and national conventions or "encampments" where members could reunite with other Civil War veterans. Encampment attendees--sporting badges and other insignia--paraded through town, gathered at receptions, toured local attractions, and reminisced about shared wartime experiences. The GAR sponsored these meetings for over 80 years.

Material

Medal
Brass (Alloy)
Celluloid (Cellulosic)
Ribbon (Material)
Silk (Textile)

Color

Blue
Red
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 in  (combined)

Width: 2 in  (combined)

Length: 1.375 in  (combined)

Height: 5.5 in  (upper half)

Width: 2 in  (upper half)

Length: 1.375 in  (upper half)

Height: 1.625 in  (lower half (ribbon))

Width: 1.5 in  (lower half (ribbon))

Inscriptions

obverse of insert: FORSYTH POST, NO. 15 obverse of medal: "61-65" obverse of ribbon: 42ND / ENCAMPMENT / G.A.R. / TOLEDO, OHIO 1908 [inscription continues after 42nd on the torn off portion of ribbon] reverse of ribbon: THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. MAKERS OF BADGES, BUTTONS, SINGS AND ADVERTISING NOVELTIES / MAIN OFFICE AND FACTORY / NEWARK, N.J. / ALL GOODS GUARANTEED UNION MADE...

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