Grand Army of the Republic
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"Only a Few of Us Left" Celluloid Badge

A great badge worn by Civil War veterans at Grand Army of the Republic functions.  The badgge has two pieces.  The hanger is celluloid and has a metal backing.  "Only A Few Of Us Left" is written on the hanger.  A round celluloid drop with a metal back is hanging from the hanger.  There are two veterans shaking hands.  One veteran has lost his leg and the other veteran has lost his arm.  "Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J." is written under the veterans.  

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $65.00 USD

Col. Albert D. Shaw, Commander in Chief, G.A.R. Pin Back

A great pin back given to Grand Army of the Republic members in order to get them to vote for Albert D. Shaw for Commander in Chief of the G.A.R.  A likeness of Shaw is in the middle of the pin back.  Written around the image is "For Commander In Chief - Col. Albert D. Shaw, N.Y.".  The pin back is approximately 1 3/4 inches wide.  Commander Shaw was elected Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1899.

Albert Duane Shaw (December 21, 1841 – February 10, 1901) was a U.S. Representative from New York.  Born in Lyme, New York, Shaw attended Belleville and Union Academies and St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York. He enlisted as a private in Company A, Thirty-fifth Regiment, New York Volunteers, in June 1861 and served out the term of enlistment. He was appointed a special agent of the War Department in 1863, stationed at provost marshal's headquarters in Watertown, New York, and served until the close of the war. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Jefferson Co., 2nd D.) in 1867. He was appointed colonel of the Thirty-Sixth Regiment, New York National Guard, in 1867, and resigned to accept the position of United States consul at Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1868. He was promoted to United States consul at Manchester, England, in 1878.

Shaw was elected department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic of New York in 1896, and was unanimously elected commander in chief at the national encampment in 1899.

Shaw was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles A. Chickering. He was reelected to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from November 6, 1900, until his death in Washington, D.C., on February 10, 1901, before the close of the Fifty-sixth Congress. He was interred in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, New York

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $35.00 USD

1901 First Defender Monument Dedication Reading, Pennsylvania Pin Back

A super pin back commerating the 1901 First Defenders Monument Dedication on July 4, 1901 at Reading, Pennsylvania.  The pin back is approximately 1 1/4 inches wide.  The monument is in the middle of the pin back.  A U.S. flag is on the right side and a Union officer is on the left side.  Written around the edge of the pin back is "Dedication First Defenders Monument - July 4, 1901".  The pin back was made by the Keystone Badge Company of Reading, Pennsylvania. as noted on the back of the pin back.

Price: $65.00 USD (Sale Pending)

Civil War Musicians National Association Pin Back

A nice pin ack worn by a member of the Civil War Musicians National Association.  The pin back is approximately 1 1/4 inches wide.  A drum with crossed sticks is in the middle of the pin back.  The pin back was made by the M.C. lilley Company of Columbus, Ohio as noted on the back of the pin back.

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $65.00 USD

1910 GAR National Encampment California at Atlantic City Ribbon

Offered is a nice ribbon worn by California Union veterans at the 1910 Grand Army of the Republic National Encampment held in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1910.  The ribbon is yellow with great graphics.  The graphics have a stage coach coming through a giant Sequoyah tree.  Also a bear is looking over a cliff.  Written on the ribbon is “Department California and Nevada – Forty Fourth National Encampment G.A.R. Atlantic City – 1910 – Sept. 19 – 24”.  The ribbon is approximately 8 ¾ inches long and 2 3/16 inches wide.  There are no rips or tears on this ribbon.

Price: $45.00 USD (Sale Pending)

1903 Grand Army of the Republic San Francisco, CA National Badge

A wonderful badge from the 1903 Grand Army of the Republic National reunion held in San Francisco, California.  These great badges have a raised bear head on the middle drop.  The hanger has an American eagle with the word "Representative" under it.  A large drop is attached to the hanger with the raised bear head.  Surrounding the bear head is a United States flag and a California flag.  Written around the bear head is "37th National Encampment - San Francisco 1903".  Attached to the middle drop is a Grand Army of the Republic star.  In the middle of the star in red, white, and blue enamel is "GAR".  A yellow ribbon is attached to the hanger and is behind the badge.  The badge was made by the Pettibone Manufacturing Company, Cincinnatti, Ohio as noted on the back of the star drop.

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $265.00 USD

13 Corp General U.S. Grant/ Canteen Pinback

A very nice, unusual pinback with a likeness of General U.S. Grant on a canteen.  Written on the pinback is "1861 - 5 - 13th A.C.".  The 13th A.C. is surrounded by blue and a gold color border.  The pinback is approximately 1 1/4 inches wide.  The pinback was manufactured by S. N. Meyer, Washington, DC as noted by the manufacturer sticker on the back of the pinback.  

XIII Corps was a corps of the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was first led by Ulysses S. Grant and later by John A. McClernand and Edward O.C. Ord. It served in the Western Theater of civil war, Trans-Mississippi Theater and along the Gulf of Mexico.

The XIII Corps, along with the XIV Corps, were both put into commission on October 24, 1862 with the passing of General Orders No. 168. These two corps were the first corps created in the Western Theater. While the XIV Corps constituted all forces under the command of William S. Rosecrans, the XIII Corps likewise constituted all the forces under Ulysses S. Grant.

Because of the corps' immense size and the fact that it was virtually synonymous with the Army of the Tennessee, Grant chose to subdivide the corps into the Right, Left and Center wings. In December 1862 it was officially divided into the XIII Corps, XV Corps, XVI Corps and XVII Corps. Grant remained in command of the Army of the Tennessee and John A. McClernand assumed command of the XIII Corps. Before the official order was passed along to all the wing commanders, William T. Sherman, commander of the Right Wing, embarked on an expedition against Vicksburg. Sherman's wing of the XIII Corps fought the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou on December 26–29. Although the official date which the Right Wing was designated the XV Corps was December 22, most of the reports regarding the battle at Chickasaw Bluffs still refer to the Union forces as part of the XIII Corps. No matter the designation, it was the first time many of the troops had been under fire.

Arkansas Post

Adding to the identity crisis the XIII Corps faced in its early years was John A. McClernand's expedition against Fort Hindman at Arkansas Post. McClernand was given his XIII Corps and Sherman's XV Corps (now officially using that designation). McClernand labeled these forces the Army of the Mississippi and renamed the XIII Corps "I Corps" and the XV Corps "II Corps". McClernand commanded the Army and placed General George W. Morgan in command of the I Corps (former XIII Corps). The divisions of Andrew J. Smith and Peter J. Osterhaus participated in the battle. Only Stephen Burbridge's brigade of Smith's division bore any heavy fighting.


With the impending campaign against Vicksburg, Grant took personal command of the operation. McClernand returned to corps command and the Army of the Mississippi was merged back into the Army of the Tennessee and the XIII Corps took on its official title. As the Vicksburg campaign opened the XIII Corps was composed of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Divisions commanded respectively by Osterhaus, A. J. Smith, Alvin P. Hovey, Leonard F. Ross and Eugene A. Carr. Ross' division was stationed in Arkansas during the entire campaign and did not participate in any engagements with the rest of the corps. In July, this division (now led by Frederick Salomon) fought at the Battle of Helena as part of the District of Eastern Arkansas under Benjamin M. Prentiss.

The Battle of Port Gibson was fought by the XIII Corps, with the aid of a portion of the XVII Corps. McClernand did not bring the full force of the corps to bear at the Battle of Champion Hill but Hovey's division led the attack on the Confederate right. Immediately following the victory at Champion's Hill the Battle of Big Black River Bridge was again fought exclusively by the XIII Corps, Carr's division bearing the brunt of the fight.

When Grant initiated siege operations the XIII Corps took up a position on the Union left. During the assaults on Vicksburg the XIII Corps lost nearly 1,500 soldiers.

McClernand had been a long time thorn in Grant's side and on June 19, Grant found an opportunity to remove him from command. His replacement was Edward O. C. Ord, a friend of Grant's who had just recovered from a wound sustained in 1862. Ord led the corps throughout the rest of the siege. After Vicksburg fell, William T. Sherman led an expedition back to Jackson, Mississippi to clear the city of Confederates which had gathered there. Sherman took with him the XIII Corps and attached to it the division under Jacob G. Lauman from the XVI Corps. General Carr, who temporarily left the army due to sickness, had been replaced in division command by William P. Benton.

Texas and Louisiana

After the fall of Jackson the corps returned to Vicksburg and then transferred to the Department of the Gulf. The District of Eastern Arkansas had been detached from the Corps; AJ Smith had been reassigned to command a post in Tennessee; Osterhaus had been reassigned to command a division in the XV Corps; Hovey took leave of the army due to the death of his wife; two of the divisions in the field were consolidated under the command of Cadwallader C. Washburn; and General Herron's division was attached.

General Banks used the XIII Corps to conduct his coastal campaign against Texas during the fall of 1863, capturing Brownsville. By February 1864 corps headquarters were in Texas and General McClernand had returned to command.

Red River

The 1st and 2nd Divisions remained in Texas but Nathaniel P. Banks took with him the 3rd and 4th Divisions during the Red River Campaign. During the first part of the campaign the corps was commanded by Thomas E. G. Ransom, the 3rd Division by General Robert A. Cameron and the 4th Division by Colonel William J. Landram. The corps fought at the Battle of Mansfield. Ransom was wounded at Mansfield and was succeeded in command of the corps by General Cameron. A few weeks later Michael K. Lawler of the 1st Division in Texas became the official corps commander. General McClernand however assumed direct command of the two divisions fighting in Louisiana under Banks. McClernand was relieved of command due to ill health and Lawler himself personally commanded this detachment. Shortly after William P. Benton was assigned to the corps command but Lawler remained in command of the detachment in Louisiana. Lawler led the XIII Corps Detachment at the Battle of Mansura.


The corps was discontinued on June 11, 1864. On February 18, 1865 it was reorganized under the command of Gordon Granger with three divisions commanded respectively by James C. Veatch, Christopher C. Andrews and William P. Benton. This new form of the XIII Corps fought in the Battle of Fort Blakely which led to the fall of the city of Mobile, Alabama. The corps was discontinued for the final time July 20, 1865.

The men of the XIII Corps were never designated an official corps badge and therefore never wore any form of a corps badge during the war.

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $85.00 USD

9th Corp 1892 Reunion Staff Badge

A great badge worn by the staff of the 9th Corp at the 1892 Grand Army of the Republic National Encampment held in Washington, DC.  The badge is approximately 8 1/2 inches by 2 inches.  A woven gold thread weaving and a large safety pin comprise the hanger.  Attached to the hanger is a red, white, and blue ribbon.  Written on the ribbon in gold ink is "STAFF _ Headquarters Ninth Army Corps Reunion - Washington 1892".  Attached to the ribbon is a likeness of General Ambrose Burnside.  Also the 9th Corp badge is depicted in gold ink below Burnside.  Metallic tassels are attached to the ribbon.  A great badge!

Price: $85.00 USD (Sale Pending)

1902 GAR Teddy Roosevelt Book Mark

A very unique Grand Army of the Republic item!  This is a book mark with the likeness of Teddy Roosevelt.  Written on the book mark is "G.A.R. - 1902 - Washington, D.C.".  The book mark is approximately 2 1/4 inches by 2 inches.  A small cord is attached to the book mark.  Really neat GAR item with Teddy Roosevelt!

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $185.00 USD

Department of Connecticut, 1882 G.A.R. National Encampment, Baltimore, Maryland Ribbon

A hard to find ribbon worn by members of the Department of Connecticut at the 16th National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic held in Baltimore, Maryland.  The ribbon is dark blue and has gold writing.  Written on the ribbon is "16th Annual Encampment, G.A.R. - Baltimore - 1882 - Department of Connecticut.".  A Grand Army fo the Republic membership badge likeness is in the middle of the ribbon.  The badge was made by the Torsch Brothers Manufacturing, Baltimore, Maryland as noted by the sticker on the back of the ribbon.

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $565.00 USD

Dedication of the Massachusetts Monument at Antietam, Maryland 1898

A very hard to find badge worn by Massachusetts veterans at the Massachusetts Monument Dedication at Antietam, Maryland in 1898.  The hanger has "Massachusetts" on it.  A light ribbon is attached and a drop with the Massachusetts coat of arms on the front of the drop.  On the back of the drop is written "Dedication Antietam Monument - Antietam, MD. - 1898.".  The badge is approximately 3 1/16 inches by 1 3/4 inches.  These Antietam monument badges are getting very hard to find!

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $795.00 USD

1904 Maryland and Massachusetts Grand Army Club Badge at Boston GAR National Encampment

A neat badge worn by members of the Maryland and Massachusetts Grand Army Club at the 1904 Grand Army of the Republic National Encampment held in Boston, Massachusetts.  The badge consists of a "T" bar pin and a beige ribbon.  Written on the ribbon in gold ink is "Massachusetts - Grand Army Club - Maryland - 1904".  A badge which has the state seal of Massachusetts is in the middle of the badge.  The badge was made by George A. Sanford, 23 Hawley Street, Boston, Massachusetts as noted by a sticker on the back of the badge.  Please note there is a small hole to the right of the badge.

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $65.00 USD

1920 Maryland at Indianapolis, Indiana National G.A.R. Badge

A wonderful and hard to find badge worn by Union veterans of Maryland at the 1920 National Grand Army of the Republic Encampment held in Indianapolis, Indiana.  This great badge has a brass metal type hanger with a celluloid "MARYLAND" on it.  Attached to the hanger is a white ribbon with "54th NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT - G.A.R. - Indianapolis, Ind. - Sept. 19 - 26, 1920" written in gold.  Also attached to the white ribbon and brass hanger is a U.S. flag ribbon with a celluloid drop with the coat of arms of the state of Maryland.  The badge is approximately 6 1/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches.

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $235.00 USD

Andersonville Survivors POW Badge

A great Prisoner of War badge worn by a survivor of Andersonville!  The hanger has "Connecticut - Survivors Of" and a light blue ribbon is attached.  Attached to the light blue ribbon is a bar that says "Andersonville".  A top of the national Prisoner of War badge is attached below.  Underneath that are the letters "Ct." for Connecticut.  The badge is approximately 5 inches by 1 1/2 inches.

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $795.00 USD

Shiloh Survivors 60th Anniversary Woven Reunion Badge

This beautiful badge was worn by members of the Battle of Shiloh Survivors Association on the 60th Anniversary of the battle of Shiloh in 1922!  The badge is woven and has "Shiloh" and "America" woven at the top.  Between "Shiloh" and "America" are two American flags crossed.  Written under the crossed flags is "My Country 'Tis of thee;  Sweet Land of Liberty,  Of Thee I Sing;  Land Where My Father Died; Land of the Pilgrims Pride;  From Every Mountain Side:  Let Freedom Ring.  60th Anniversary - Battle of Shiloh Survivors - April 6-7, 1922".  If you like the Battle of Shiloh, don't miss this badge!

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Price: $350.00 USD

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