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Accession Number: 1897.4.4

Physical Description: Grand Army of the Republic badge consisting of single ivory-colored silk ribbon. Side and bottom edges appear to have a higher thread count and are thus thicker and shinier. Badge front has printed black descriptive text (see marks) and printed G.A.R. emblem in center. Emblem appearance is that of a badge with eagle pin attached to U.S. flag. Hanging from the flag of the badge emblem is a medallion in the shape of a star. Actual badge is rigid and appears to have a shiny paper backing.

History of Object: According to the Historic People of Kansas website, the recipient of this badge (James B. Abbott) was a fervent advocate of the union and its free-state cause. He was a lieutenant, major, and a commander in the Civil War and once fought alongside John Brown. Abbot was also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Union soldiers? veterans organization. After the war, he was elected to a position in the lower house of the Kansas State Legislature. This badge was presented to his wife at the indicated G.A.R. dedication ceremony after his death in 1879.

Date: 1892

Dimensions (in cm): 15.80 (H) 5.80 (W) 0.10 (D) L: 6 3/16?

Marks/Inscriptions: [printed on badge front] VETERAN / DEDICATION / JOHNSON COUNTY / Court House, / Olathe, Kansas, / AUGUST 18, 1892. //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Johnson County (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Fraternal organizations
    Individual: Abbott, James Burnett, 1818-1897
    Business / Organization: Grand Army of the Republic
    Use, Place of: Olathe (Kan.)

Status: Cataloged

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