GAR POST COMMANDER’S GOLD PRESENTATION BADGE OF ERNST LUTTERS

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This is a very pretty badge with the miniature shoulder strap at the top indicating a current officer with a silver eagle on a dark blue field indicating a Post Commander. Two small chains suspend a scroll edged central bar with the name “Ernst Lutters” inlaid in blue enamel, from which hangs red-enameled 10th Army Corps badge, suspended at an angle, from one tip. Below that is GAR star with a half-wreath overhead, its central motif with the figures in high relief, and the border around it enameled in blue and lettered in gold: “ADAM WIRTH POST 451 GAR / DEPT. N.Y.” The reverse is engraved in script: “Presented / by the Comrades / as a token of esteem / and regard. / Feb – 28 – 1887.” The pin is in place, though slightly bent, on the top bar, which has a ribbon bar on the reverse, as does the middle bar.

Lutters enlisted at age 19 at Milford, NY, on 4/7/65 and mustered into Co. F 131st New York the same day. He served until mustered out at Savannah, GA, on 7/26/65. As part of the 19th Corps the regiment had served in the Department and Army of Gulf before moving north to fight at Bermuda Hundred with the Army of the James and then move into the Shenandoah to fight under Sheridan. At the time Lutters joined it, the regiment was assigned to the 1st Division 10th Army Corps, thus the red 10th Corps insignia on his badge, and posted in North Carolina, where Lutters joined them at Morehead City on 2 May 1865, before moving to Augusta, GA, and then Savannah, where it mustered out. The Adam Wirth Post was granted its GAR charter in 1884 and in existence at College Point, NY, until the death of its last member in 1935. Lutters is mentioned in the National Tribune of 28 January 1886 as Post Commander of the Wirth Post. He is sometimes listed as Ernest. College Point is a neighborhood in Queens. Lutters seems to have lived there most of his life after emigrating from Prussia. His wife filed for a widow’s pension in 1905.

This is a detailed and very good looking badge, in very good condition, lacking only a ribbon, and with a great inscription.  [sr] [ph:L]

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