US CHRISTIAN COMMISSION BADGE

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This silver badge is shaped and engraved to imitate a flowing scroll with feathered ends. The upper left is engraved “U.S.” and the lower right “PHIL,” with “CHRISTIAN COMMISSION” in larger letters across the center. The T-bar fastening pin with catch hook is in place on the reverse. The face shows some scratches and stains, but engraving is well done and very clear. The reverse shows an undisturbed, dark tarnish.

These badges identified members of the US Christian Commission, a civilian organization formed in November 1861 by Protestant ministers and the Young Men’s Christian Association. Their initial object was to support and supplement the work of army chaplains in the spiritual well-being of the troops, but often extended beyond the distribution of religious tracts and social services to more physical concerns through supplies, medical services, etc., overlapping to some degree with the Sanitary Commission, and going into the millions of dollars.

We show photo of the organization at one of the field hospitals here in Gettysburg and also of their operation at White House Landing on the Peninsula.  [sr][ph:L]

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