Butler Medal

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Manufactured by
United States Mint, American, founded 1792
Designed by
Paquet, Anthony C., German, 1814 - 1882
Commissioned by
Gen. Butler, Benjamin Franklin, American, 1818 - 1893
Medium
copper
Dimensions
Diameter: 1 9/16 in. (4 cm)
Type
medallions (medals)
Place made
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1865
Description
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."
Topic
African American
Military
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.155.307
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Awards and Medals
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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