GROUP OF VETERAN’S BADGES IDENTIFIED TO 2ND NEW JERSEY SOLDIER

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This small lot includes three GAR medals all in very nice condition.

The first has a cast brass crossed US flags at top with a GAR star at center. The whole is surmounted by the letters “GAR” at top center.

Suspended from this is a red, white and blue ribbon approx. 2.00 inches long. Across the ribbons face in gold lettering is “50TH ANNIVERSARY 2ND. REGT. NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEERS, NEWARK, N. J. MAY 25.”

Hanging from the ribbon is a drop with a brass rim and a white cloisonné center bearing a 1st Division, 6th Corps badge with a white “2” at center. The badge has the year “1861” above it and “1911” below.

Reverse of the badge has the original pin.

With this medal was an old label with pencil inscription that reads ‘50TH ANNIVERSARY BADGE 2ND REGIMENT N. J. VOLUNTEERS GEORGE-STILWELL / ALMERA STILWELL SNELL’S FATHER.”

The second badge has a stamped white metal scroll at top that has a pin on the reverse and that holds a red, white and blue ribbon approx. 2.50 inches long. Across the face of the ribbon in gold lettering is “28TH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY FEB. 7-8 1895 TRENTON, N.J.”

Suspended from this ribbon is a drop that consists of a celluloid disc with a full color GAR membership badge with “GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC” on the front while the reverse has a battle scene with “BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG JULY 3, 1863.”

The third badge in the group is topped by a stamped brass frame with pin on reverse. The face of the bar has a celluloid insert with a red 6th Corps badge at center flanked by “SECOND N. J. VOL.” This bar holds a short US flag ribbon with a circular drop. The center of the drop has a celluloid photo of Edward L. Conklin as an older man in a GAR or militia uniform. Conklin served as a Private in the 2nd and must have been the reunion association’s commander at the time the badge was made. The reverse of the drop reads “19TH ANNUAL REUNION SECOND N. J. VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION, WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 1910 NEWARK, N.J.”

With the badges is a clipping from an auction that listed the badge with the old label (the first one in this listing) and mentions that George Stilwell or Stillwell was the brother of Mary Stilwell who was the first wife of the famous inventory Thomas Edison.

George Stillwell (spelled STILWELL by the family but STILLWELL in the records) enlisted as a Private in Company G, 2nd New Jersey Infantry on May 28, 1861 and was transferred to Company D, 22nd Regiment VRC on January 15, 1864. He was discharged on May 30, 1864.

While Stillwell was with the 2nd the regiment saw action on the Peninsula, 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Gettysburg.

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