UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS 1903 REUNION BADGE: JOHN B. GORDON AND A LOUISIANA PELICAN

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This badge for the 1903 reunion of Confederate veterans in New Orleans features red and white ribbons printed in black with the date and location that splay out from a round, gilt stamped brass pinback button bearing the dates 61 and 65 on either side of a UCV monogram, both within the upper angle of two crossed flags on the staffs. At left is the Confederate battle flag and at right a bird with raised wings within an oval, a miniature representation of the Louisiana state seal showing a pelican nesting and feeding its young with motto “Justice, Union, Confidence” in the oval around it. (On the rectangular flag it looks much like some Louisiana belt plates of the Civil War.)

The bottom edge bears location and date of the reunion, appropriately in a crescent. At lower center, and most prominent it a profile bust view portrait of General John B. Gordon, commander of the UCV in 1903. A Georgia native, Gordon (1832-1904) will be familiar to any student of the war as a prominent combat officer, commanding the 6th Alabama in the sunken road at Antietam, a brigade at Gettysburg, Wilderness and Spotsylvania, eventually moving up to division command in the Shenandoah and leading the attempted breakout at Petersburg in the assault on Fort Stedman. In postwar years he served as US Senator and state governor. His “Reminiscences of the Civil War” have been republished several times.

Excellent condition with bright colors and very good detail.  [sr] [ph:m]

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