Thought you might like to see a Past Commander, or Past "Colonel Commander" I think the correct title would be, medal for the UVL. I was lucky enough to pick this up some time ago and am just getting around to researching it (a work in-progress)
This medal was Presented to P.C. Joseph Kimes by Encampment No. 73, Union Veteran Legion, Jan 14th, 1896
(engraved on the reverse of the drop - see picture). The actual top bar of the medal has "18 JK
92", which I interpret to indicate when he was Commander of the Encampment. I'm trying to track down information on Encampment No. 73 now (I know it was in Philadelphia).
You'll notice an enameled (blue) cross with a "4" suspended from his Commander's bar. That indicates the 4th Pennsylvania Reserves - which was the 33rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Joseph Kimes ended the war as Captain of Co. G, 33rd PV - the Harmer Guards of Philadelphia County
. Kimes mustered-in May 29, 1861 (1st Sgt) and was promoted to 2nd Lt. 8-1-1862, to 1st Lt. 3-1-1863, and to Captain 4-10-1863. He mustered out with the unit June 17, 1864. I managed to find a picture of him online.
Despite the "reserve" designation the unit was quite active. Records indicate they lost 2 officers and 76 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, and 1 officer and 60 enlisted men to disease - total 139. They participated in the battles of Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg among others.
Given the general scarcity of UVL materials I consider myself very lucky to have this medal in my collection.