Silver badge for George Washington Perkins of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry

Manufactured by
S.M. Ward & Co., American, active 1860s
Owned by
Perkins, Washington, American, ca.1826 - 1909
Subject of
54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, American, 1863 - 1865
Date
1864-1865
On View
Concourse 3, C3 053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
Medium
sterling silver
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1 1/4 × 15/16 × 3/16 in. (3.2 × 2.4 × 0.5 cm)
Description
A Maltese cross with a disk at center showing Fort Sumter flying an American flag overhead in raised relief with water in the foreground. The owner’s name [Washnt Perkins 54 Ms. Vol / Co. A] is centered over the fort etched in a half-circle. Each of the arms of the cross is hand engraved with a battle fought by the 54th Massachusetts Infantry — (clockwise from top) Olustee, Darien, Wagner, and James Isd — done in different lettering than the owner’s name. The back of the badge has a T-bar pin closure.
Place depicted
Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Olustee, Baker County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Fort Wagner, Charleston+County"&op=Search">Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
James Island, Charleston+County"&op=Search">Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, Sea Islands, North and Central America
Darien, McIntosh County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Awards and Medals
Type
badges
Topic
Military
Slavery
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865
United States Colored Troops
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.104.12
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5da4d2c32-ac25-4232-a2ee-298d1aa2caf7
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