Starting in less than 2 days, on the morning of June 29th, our blog posts will be coming from…well, 100 years ago. See our page on “time machine blog posts” for more details.
In the meantime, several days ago a reader of this blog, James Oberg, asked if he could submit photos of a GAR medal and also a “New York Day” medal from 1893 that had belonged to his grandfather (and in turn, if I follow correctly, the medals originally belonged to James’ great-grandfather). Specifically, from his e-mail:
Gottleib Grams, my mother’s grandfather [enlisted as ‘Greams’], was
in the 54th NY. He was a German immigrant in New York City,
The documentation is still confused. I don’t have specific information
about which actions he was in. He was 19 at the time of Gettysburg.
My grandfather was his youngest son, presumably the older boys
were given the actual battle medals.
Pendant: GETTYSBURG VETERAN
DEDICATION OF STATE MONUMENT AT GETTYSBURG
JULY 1,2,3 1893
New York Day
GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
1861 – VETERAN – 1866
[BACK] PATENT [date illegible]
So have a look at the pictures of these medals, courtesy of Mr. Oberg (thanks James!) as you prepare to travel back 100 years with me…very soon…