SCARCE G.A.R. BADGE FOR THE STAFF OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF

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As indicated by the buff border of the flag ribbon, this is a badge for a G.A.R. officer at the national level. The position of the rank bar as the top pin indicates a current office holder. The single star on the black background of the rank bar indicates a position on the staff of the national commander, the “Commander in Chief:” Adjutant-General; Quartermaster-General; Inspector-General; Asst. Insp. General; Judge Advocate General, or Surgeon General.

The silver star shows some tarnish but the badge has good color and condition overall, with just a small bit of damage to the black background of the rank bar at lower right and a small brown age spot on the star at the middle right. The star has the various army corps badges on the reverse and on the obverse the different branch of service insignia around the central motif of soldier and sailor shaking hands in victory in front of the figure of Liberty and also as a pledge to take care of the two orphan children in front of them, signifying fraternity, charity and loyalty. Numbered ‘B3078’ along the edge.

This is fairly scarce rank badge for the largest of the Union veterans’ organization, lasting from 1866 to 1949 and a powerful political organization in the late 1800s.  [sr]

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