An Army of the James Medal, also known as The Butler Medal, consisting of an unpierced copper medal with no suspender or attached ribbon. The front of the medal contains an engraved wreath of what appears to be holly with a bow at the center and a single five-sided star flanking the lower left and right side of the wreath. Around the outside of the wreath are the words, "DISTINGUISHED FOR SERVICE." At the center of the wreath are the words, "CAMPAIGN BEFORE RICHMOND / 1864."The reverse side of the medal is engraved with a depiction of a group of African American soldiers storming a Confederate occupied military fort. Surrounding the engraving are Latin words within an unfurled banner "FERRO IIS LIBERTAS PERVENIET." Below the engraving are the words, "U.S. COLORED TROOPS."
A circular brass tag inscribed with QUALLS / TIBBS on one side and 27 / USCT on the other. The inscription was stamped using individual letter and number dies. There are two holes through the tag above and below the inscription.
After the battle of New Market Heights, Gen. Benjamin F. Butler commissioned a medal of honor to be awarded to African American soldiers for bravery. Officially known as Army of the James Medals, these are the only U.S. medals designed specifically for African American troops.
The medal was designed by Anthony C. Paquet, whose name is inscribed on the obverse, and realized in silver by the United States Mint in Philadelphia. The medal consists of a silver medallion suspended from a silver ring fixed to a silver eagle-claw-covered ball and loop, through which a red, white and blue stripped grosgrain ribbon (most likely silk) was treaded, in turn suspended from an oak-leaf-decorated silver pin.
The obverse of the medallion depicts a bastion fort being charged upon by a pair of musket-bearing African-American soldiers. The Latin inscription “FERRO IIS LIBERTAS PERVENIET” (freedom will be theirs by the sword) is in raised letters on a banner around the upper part of the medallion, and “US COLORED TROOPS” is in raised letters below the image. The reverse is decorated with an oak leaf wreath tied with a bow at bottom center, raised lettering reading “DISTINGUISHED FOR COURAGE” around the perimeter, and raised lettering reading “CAMPAIGN FOR RICHMOND 1864” in the middle. “ARMY OF THE JAMES” is inscribed in raised letters on the pin.
Veteran ID Shield owned by Daniel Hammond, Co. F, 4th MD USCT. The small, nickel silver medal features a shield under two banners. The top banner has a pin on the back. The front is engraved with “CO. F.” The second banner is attached to the top banner with two suspension rings. It is engraved on the front with “F” MD.” The shield is attached to the second banner with two suspension rings. Engraved at the top of the shield is “VOL. INF.” Below this is an engraved image of two crossed rifles with “WAR” engraved on the left side and “1861-5” engraved on the right side. Below the rifles is an engraved image of a cruciform. Engraved at the bottom of the Shield is “DANNIEL HAMMOND.”
A Symwao Miafa token used by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Embossed on the front side of the medal is an image of an eagle on a hill. To the left of the eagle is a burning cross. Above the eagle is the acronym “SYMWAO” which stands for “Spend Your Money With Americans Only.” Below the eagle is the acronym “MIAFA” which stands for “My Interests Are For America.” The back side of the medal features the embossed phrase “NON SILBA” at top and “SED ANTHAR” at bottom. An embossed image of a pillar made up of individual vertical lines with a cross hatched design holding the pillar together at center. Beneath the pillar are more embossed lines in a haphazard design. Stars are embossed on the left and right sides.
A long, rectangular light brown wooden box. There is a thick clear lid that is attached with a screw in each corner. There is a handwritten inscription in black ink on the bottom proper left corner. There are a few scratches and smudges on the lid.
The proper left side has two (2) golden color metal hinges. The proper right side has a metal box clasp in the center and two rectangular gold colored metal plates. The plates have engraved text.
The plate near the top of the box reads ["???I??S", ????S ????OS ???????S / ?G ???? ???T??? ?????O? ??????????O?]. The plate near the bottom of the box reads ["KOTINOS", BRANCH OF WILD OLIVE, FROM THE SACRED ALTIS / OF OLIMPIA, GLORIOUS PRIZE ANCIENT OLYMPIC WINNERS / PRESENTED BY THE HELLENIC OLYMPIC COMMITTEE].
On the back side of the box there is a handwritten inscription in black ink.
The inside of the box is lined with shiny taupe polyester. There is a clear plastic bag near the bottom of the box. It has an undetermined substance inside of it. The bag is tied with grey and off-white ribbon. There is a branch coming out of the bag. The branch goes off into several different directions. The sections of the branch have dried up brown leaves which have curled with age.