SILVER MEDAL FOR HONORARY MEMBER OF THE GAR

$125.00 SOLD
Originally $200.00

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Item Code: 344-1166

Top bar is made of silver and is marked “sterling” on the back. Face is engraved with the name “C. H. HEIMSOTH.” Back of top bar has pin. Suspended from the top bar is a red, white and blue ribbon that is in good condition but has gotten very dirty over the years from storage. Suspended from this ribbon is a silver medal that is also stamped “sterling” on the back. The obverse of the medal has a sharp raised relief bust of Colonel John A. Koltes of the 73rd Pennsylvania who was killed in action August 30, 1862 at 2nd Bull Run. Around the relief the medal is stamped “KOLTES POST No. 32-DEPT. N.Y. G.A.R.” A riband across the top of the medal reads “HONORARY MEMBER.” The reverse of the medal is engraved “MAY 20-’04.”

Charles H. Heimsoth was the son of Henry F. Heimsoth who served in the 83rd New York during the Civil War and was wounded at Antietam. Charles, the owner of the medal we offer here, became a member of the Sons of Union Veterans in 1898 and was a member of Koltes Camp 171. He served the Camp as Chaplain, Sergeant of the Guard and First Lieutenant. A photograph and short biography of Heimsoth can be found in a pamphlet he co-authored entitled “Souvenir of Koltes Camp No. 171 Sons of Union Veterans, Division of New York.”

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