SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC BADGE

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Item Code: 766-1839

After the conclusion of the Civil War, several organizations were founded by veterans of the Union armed forces to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who had served the Union cause during the war. The most prominent of these organizations were the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Several other organizations were also founded to commemorate specific organization, one such was The Society of the Army of the Potomac.

In 1869, the Society of the Army of the Potomac was founded and Lieutenant General Philip Sheridan was elected as its first president. A total of 12 vice presidents were also elected, representing 10 corps which served with the army as well as the artillery and the general staff.

As the Society did not provide for hereditary membership, it gradually diminished as the veterans of the Civil War died off during the early twentieth century. By 1906, the Society had dropped to only 350 members. It held its last annual reunion in 1927.

Badge is made of gold and is marked on the reverse with “B. B. & B.” for Bailey, Banks and Biddle jewelers of Philadelphia.

The badge has a top piece of crossed cavalry sabers, a blue and white ribbon, a pair of crossed cannons below the ribbon and a planchet in the form of a six armed cross enameled in red with the badges of six of the corps assigned to the army. They are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 9th Corps. In the center of the cross is a seal with a crescent moon for the 11th Corps, a star for the 12th and a cypher of the letters “A P.”

All is in very nice condition with a working pin on the reverse.    [ad] [ph:L]

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