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Started by Kevin Beyer , Jul 04 2007 09:03 AM

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#1 Kevin Beyer

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 09:03 AM

Hello, All,

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?

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 03:17 PM

New additions to the collection:

1901 - Peoria, Illinois

It identifies Joel M. Longenecker as Department Commander 1900

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It is unclear to me if this medal is missing a suspension bar immediately above the pendant.

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 03:18 PM

New additions to the collection:

1916 - Decatur, Illinois
50th Encampment

It identifies John M. Snyder as Department Commander 1915

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 03:20 PM

New additions to the collection:

1917 - Bloomington, Illinois

It identifies W. F. Calhoun as Department Commander 1916

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:07 PM

My great grandfather was in the Pinckneyville Post, died in 1898

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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?

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:51 PM

New additions to the collection:

1908 - Quincy, Illinois

It identifies A. G. Matthews as Department Commander 1907

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:53 PM

New additions to the collection:

1911 - Joliet, Illinois

It identifies Major James A. Connolly as Department Commander 1911

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:54 PM

New additions to the collection:

1918 - Peoria, Illinois

It identifies G.S. Bentley as Department Commander 1917

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:56 PM

New additions to the collection:

1919 - Rockford, Illinois

This one makes a clear departure from what was the preeminent form for these Department of Illinois badges.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:57 PM

New additions to the collection:

1920 - Joliet, Illinois

It identifies H.D. Fulton as Department Commander 1919

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:59 PM

New additions to the collection:

1924 - Champaign, Illinois

It identifies W. J. Libberton as Department Commander 1913

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 09:15 AM

Hi Kevin,
The Rockford one is weird. It uses the same for the medallion as early 1900's Illinois NG insignia, the state seal.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:25 PM

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?

53RD ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT
GAR DEPARTMENT OF
ILLINOIS
JUNE 10-11-12
1919

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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.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 12:29 PM

New additions to the collection:

1905 - Rockford, Illinois

It identifies Robert Man Woods as Department Commander 1904

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:18 PM

New additions to the collection:

1909 - Aurora, Illinois

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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.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:20 PM

I should mention that this reunion badge would normally have been backed by a Red, White, and Blue ribbon. But, it came in tatters as I received it. I would like to find a decent replacement ribbon for it some day.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 04:25 AM

Very nice collection Kevin. Illinois GAR pieces are many and varied. The reunion medals I always felt were well made and of high quality for the time. I used to collect them myself some years ago. I live in Decatur, Ill the place where the GAR was founded, Post #1. There is a plaque downtown to commemorate this, but the building is long gone. I visited the GAR museum in Springfield a couple of years ago. I think they were struggling with funding and it may have closed.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 08:52 AM

New additions to the collection:

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.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:13 PM

New additions to the collection:

1907 - Decatur, Illinois

It identifies Edwin H. Buck as Department Commander 1906

1907GARDeptIllDecatur_600.jpg

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:15 PM

New additions to the collection:

1904 - Springfield, Illinois

It identifies Benson Wood as Department Commander 1903

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:16 PM

New additions to the collection:

1913 - Alton, Illinois

It identifies Thomas H. Gault as Department Commander 1912

1913GARDeptIllAltoona_600.jpg

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:19 PM

New additions to the collection:

1914 - Mattoon, Illinois

It identifies J. H. Crowder as Department Commander 1913

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:21 PM

New additions to the collection:

1926 - Springfield, Illinois

It identifies Orrin R. McKenney as Department Commander 1925

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