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G.A.R. Dept of Illinois Reunion Badges

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New additions to the collection:

 

1930 - Rock Island, Illinois

 

It identifies Henry B. Davidson as Department Commander 1929

 

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1923 - RPeoria, Illinois

 

It identifies Edward P Bartlett as Department Commander 1922

 

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1915 - Moline, Illinois

 

It identifies Samual Fallows as Department Commander 1914

 

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1922 - Alton, Illinois

 

It identifies William P Wright as Department Commander 1921

 

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1896 - Cairo, Illinois

 

It depicts a bust of the Dept of Illinois Department Commander for 1895, but I have not ascertained who that was at this time.

 

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1907 - Decatur, Illinois

 

It identifies Edwin H. Buck as Department Commander 1906

 

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This was a pleasant surprise seeing Edwin Buck's medal. I have one of his original "Commander Dept. of Illinois, GAR" business cards so it's nice to be able to put a face to his name. Thanks.

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This is an amazing collection of GAR Medals. Thanks for posting.

Regards,

John


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1921 - Galesburg, Illinois

It identifies E. N. Armstrong as Department Commander 1920

 

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1927 - Decatur, Illinois

It identifies John E. Andrew as Department Commander 1926

 

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These two additional badges came from a collection of about 20 that were just sold on eBay. I needed seven of them to add to my collection, but I was only lucky enough to obtain these two. The hunt goes on!

 

Kevin


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I've really started to take an interest in GAR medals. Your IL collection is very interesting! Thanks for sharing!


I do not profess to be a militaria expert, but I conduct as much research as I am capable of and then write about my findings.
Check out my blogs, The Veteran's Collection (general militaria) and Chevrons and Diamonds (military baseball)

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1935 - Bloomington, Illinois

It identifies William N. Hodge as Department Commander 1935

 

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1906 - Galesburg, Illinois

It identifies John Corson Smith as Department Commander 1905

 

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1925 - Aurora, Illinois

It identifies Philip Smith as Department Commander 1924

 

 

 

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Very interesting to see the different years. Excellent pictures too of the medals... Only sad thing is, too bad we can't attend the encampment. :)


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G.A.R. Badge.....Company F, 54th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. From my family collection. post-153916-0-83794200-1409268828.jpg

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1899 - Danville, Illinois

It identifies Gen. John C. Black as Department Commander 1898

 

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1898 - Galesburg, Illinois

It does not identify who was the Department Commander in 1897.

 

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1936 - Moline, Illinois

It identifies Thomas Ambrose as Department Commander 1936

 

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1938 - Aurora, Illinois

It identifies John E. Andrew as Department Commander 1938

 

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1939 - Jacksonville, Illinois

It identifies John E. Andrew as Department Commander 1939

 

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1941 - Bloomington, Illinois

It identifies Hirum H. Shumate as Department Commander 1941

 

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I find it interesting that after 1935 (the 69th Annual Encampment) the badge maker stopped putting the likeness of the Department Commander on the obverse of the pendant.

 

It is not known to me if this change in design was due to cost, availability of current likenesses for the Dept Commanders, or some other reason.

 

Does anyone have any idea why this change was made?

 

Kevin


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Unknown to me as well Kevin. AT least they print the Department Commander's name.

 

Neat additions BTW!


"You can't please everyone so you have got to please yourself." Ricky Nelson

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