G.A.R. Dept of Illinois Reunion Badges
Posted 04 July 2007 - 09:03 AM
I just recently obtained an 1898 G.A.R. Department of Illinois Annual Encampment badge for the reunion held in Streator, Illinois. The ribbon is unattached, so I do not know if it is original. I thought that these Department encampment badges were typically on one solid color ribbon. My thoughts on the matter were that red, white, and blue ribbons were for guests of the encampment. Does anyone have any information they could provide?
Posted 09 May 2010 - 03:17 PM
1901 - Peoria, Illinois
It identifies Joel M. Longenecker as Department Commander 1900
It is unclear to me if this medal is missing a suspension bar immediately above the pendant.
Posted 09 May 2010 - 03:18 PM
1916 - Decatur, Illinois
It identifies John M. Snyder as Department Commander 1915
Posted 09 May 2010 - 03:20 PM
1917 - Bloomington, Illinois
It identifies W. F. Calhoun as Department Commander 1916
Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:07 PM
Edited by Kevin Beyer, 06 November 2010 - 07:06 AM.
Posted 06 November 2010 - 07:07 AM
My great grandfather was in the Pinckneyville Post, died in 1898
How interesting! Do you have any of his militaria that could be shared with everyone?
Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:51 PM
1908 - Quincy, Illinois
It identifies A. G. Matthews as Department Commander 1907
Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:53 PM
1911 - Joliet, Illinois
It identifies Major James A. Connolly as Department Commander 1911
Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:54 PM
1918 - Peoria, Illinois
It identifies G.S. Bentley as Department Commander 1917
Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:56 PM
1919 - Rockford, Illinois
This one makes a clear departure from what was the preeminent form for these Department of Illinois badges.
Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:57 PM
1920 - Joliet, Illinois
It identifies H.D. Fulton as Department Commander 1919
Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:59 PM
1924 - Champaign, Illinois
It identifies W. J. Libberton as Department Commander 1913
Posted 13 March 2011 - 09:15 AM
The Rockford one is weird. It uses the same for the medallion as early 1900's Illinois NG insignia, the state seal.
Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:25 PM
53RD ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT
GAR DEPARTMENT OF
Posted 14 March 2011 - 07:44 AM
A possible reason could be for purposes of economy after WWI? Maybe they used parts from other contracted badges and its only distinction is the printing on the ribbon?
I would offer another possible explanation. This 1919 badge reminds me of many of the WWI Service medals being issued about that time (City, Town, County, State, et al). It could be that the design of this badge (the drop design, the scalloped shape of the drop, and the bright finish in general) was a reflection of this general patriotic fever of the era - including the use of the NG symbol.
Just another possibility.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 12:29 PM
1905 - Rockford, Illinois
It identifies Robert Man Woods as Department Commander 1904
Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:18 PM
1909 - Aurora, Illinois
It identifies J. Rosenbaum as Department Commander 1908
I like the way the silvered pendant piece captures the likeness of the G.A.R. Hall Post #20 in Aurora. The picture along side of it is how the building looks today.
Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:20 PM
Posted 21 May 2011 - 04:25 AM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 08:52 AM
1909 - Aurora, Illinois
This one has a suspension bar that reads OFFICIAL as opposed to the previous one posted which reads REPRESENTATIVE. I know that there is a third version of this badge, but I cannot remember what the suspension bar reads. If anyone has it, please post a picture.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:13 PM
1907 - Decatur, Illinois
It identifies Edwin H. Buck as Department Commander 1906
Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:15 PM
1904 - Springfield, Illinois
It identifies Benson Wood as Department Commander 1903
Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:16 PM
1913 - Alton, Illinois
It identifies Thomas H. Gault as Department Commander 1912
Edited by Kevin Beyer, 12 May 2012 - 08:17 PM.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:19 PM
1914 - Mattoon, Illinois
It identifies J. H. Crowder as Department Commander 1913
Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:21 PM
1926 - Springfield, Illinois
It identifies Orrin R. McKenney as Department Commander 1925
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