WEST VIRGINIA DISCHARGE MEDAL IDENTIFIED TO AN OFFICER WHO SERVED IN THREE REGIMENTS

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The medal consists of a top bar that is made up of an arched scroll that reads “HONORABLY DISCHARGED” above the intertwined letters “WV.”

Suspended by a single link is a circular drop that depicts Columbia place a laurel wreath on the head of a soldier and handing him a discharge paper in the other. Behind the figure of Columbia is a perched eagle and behind the soldier is a shock of wheat. Below the scene is the West Virginia state seal flanked by the years “1861-1865,” The reverse of the drop has a laurel wreath border and “PRESENTED BY THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA.”

Suspended from the top bar is a ribbon with vertical red, white and blue stripes. Ribbon has some light surface dirt but is in nice condition. Original pin is also present on reverse of the top bar.

Around the edge of the circular drop is engraved “CHAS. BRYSON 1ST LT. CO. K 1ST REGT. INF VOLS.”

Charles Houston Bryson was born in Ireland in 1828. When he came to the United States is not known.

Bryson’s first military service was during the Mexican War. He served as a Private in Company A, 1st Pennsylvania Infantry from November of 1846 to July of 1848. The regiment saw action at Cerro Gordo, Puebla and Mexico City.

At the outbreak of the Civil War Bryson was working as a glassblower in Allegheny County. He was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in Company K, 1st West Virginia Infantry on May 23, 1861. At the time of his enlistment he is described as being 5’ 6.5 “tall with blue eyes, light hair and light complexion.

On August 1, 1861 Bryson was commissioned Captain of Company F, 61st Pennsylvania Infantry. He led his Company through the Peninsula Campaign where it was heavily engaged at Fair Oakes but saw light action at Malvern Hill. Bryson resigned his commission on November 27, 1862.

Bryson enlisted for the final time as an enlisted man in Company G, 87th Pennsylvania on March 9, 1865. He saw action with them at Petersburg and Sailor’s Creek. He was mustered out for the final time on June 29, 1865 at Alexandria, Virginia.

He died in Toledo, Ohio on September 16, 1902 and is buried in Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  [AD]

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