1906 MINNEAPOLIS G.A.R. NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT MEDAL

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A very pretty G.A.R. medal for the 1906 National Encampment in Minneapolis. Orange ribbon with bronze pin at top bearing the GAR eagle with crossed cannon and ribbons reading “National Encampment August 13th – 18th 1906. A GAR star is suspended beneath. At bottom a canteen is suspended from a bronze loop in the shape of a wreath at bottom of the orang ribbon. The canteen is common GAR motif expressing comradery (“we drank from the same canteen…”) In this case the canteen bears the image of a waterfall with name “Minnehaha” at bottom, with bow and quiver at left, and tomahawk and peace pipe at right. A nice local tribute and rather odd mixing of imagery at the same time. Very good condition.

This comes from the large archive of material preserved by family of Brevet Brig. Genl., Isaac Dyer (1820-1913,) Colonel of the 15th Maine. The group was published in North South Trader 11.1 (Nov-Dec 1983,) purchased in its entirety by a collector about the same time, and only recently dispersed. (The NST article wrongly reported it had been broken up in 1983.) Dyer, a native of Skowhegan, joined the 15th Maine as Lt. Colonel in late 1861, became Colonel in September 1862 and commanded it to the end of the war. The regiment took part in Butler’s expedition against New Orleans in early 1862, transferred to West Florida later in the year, and then returned to Louisiana in mid-1863 for Banks’s campaign along the Texas Coast and his Red River Campaign of 1864. In mid-1864, as part of the 19th Corps, they moved north, part of the regiment going to Bermuda Hundred and part to Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, where they were reunited in August. The regiment remained in service after the war ended, doing occupation duty in South Carolina until 1866. Dyer mustered out in September 1865. He received a brevet to Brigadier General as of March 1865, and reportedly had actual command of a brigade at Martinsburg in late 1864. The regiment took part in several active campaigns and expeditions, seeing action at Fort Esperanza, Sabine Crossroads, Pleasant Hill, Cane River Crossing and Mansura Plains. Dyer was well liked and very active in the G.A.R. and the regiment’s veteran association.  [SR]

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