PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL GUARD ENCAMPMENT WATCH FOB, JULY 1908

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A nice, original Pennsylvania National Guard Encampment Medal from Gettysburg, in 1908. Silver washed brass in the shape of the famed Pennsylvania Keystone. Medal is stamped on the front with the image of a soldier holding a rifle and two tents, and is labeled, “P.N.G. ENCAMPMENT JULY 1908, GETTYSBURG, PA”. Reverse is marked, “SCHWAAB S & S CO, MILWAUKEE.” Medal has a loop at the top with a black leather strap and buckle. Leather is supple and in very good condition with some slight crazing.

A division of the national guard arrived July 14, 1908, going into camp and remaining until July 24, 1908. Instructors were detailed by the War Department during the encampment. A detachment of United States officers from Fort Leavenworth, Kans., on a journey of observation, were also present at that time. The governor of Pennsylvania attended the encampment and on July 21, 1908, reviewed the division. There were severe electric storms during the encampment Pennsylvania Governor Stuart's tent, was struck by lightning, and the camp was flooded by the storm (3 killed, 40 injured of the 10,000 soldiers from July 16–25).

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