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  • Civil War Campaign Medal of Leonard Bruder, 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry

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    Civil War Campaign Medal of Leonard Bruder, 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry - Inventory Number: IDE 132

    Civil War Campaign Medal consisting of a blue and grey ribbon with a bronze medallion. Abraham Lincoln is depicted on the obverse and “With Malice Toward None With Charity For All.” The reverse reads “The Civil War 1861-1865” surrounded by a laurel wreath. The medal was requested by the grandson of Leonard Bruder, who enlisted in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry in the last several months of the war. The medal is displayed in an oval brass frame with blue velvet backing. It is accompanied by a 1974 reply to a request for records from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as a 1975 document from the Department of the Army replying to the request for the medal. A nice Civil War Campaign Medal with excellent provenance.

     The Civil War Campaign Medal is considered the first campaign service medal of the United States Armed Forces. The decoration was awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who had served in the American Civil War between 1861 and 1865. The medal was first authorized in 1905 for the fortieth anniversary of the Civil War's conclusion. The blue and gray ribbon denotes the respective uniform colors of the U.S. and Confederate troops. The Army Civil War Campaign Medal was established by the United States War Department on January 21, 1907, by General Orders Number 12. To qualify, a soldier had to serve between April 15, 1861, and April 9, 1865. The closing date was extended to August 20, 1866, date of President Johnson's Proclamation ending the war. The corresponding Navy Civil War Medal was established on June 27, 1908, by Navy Department.

    Leonard Bruder - Residence Manchester PA; a 20 year-old Laborer. Enlisted on 3/17/1865 at Liverpool, PA as a Private. On 3/24/1865 he mustered into "D" Co. PA 103rd Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 6/25/1865 at New Berne, NC. He was described at enlistment as: 5' 5.0", light complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, born in Germany.

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    Inventory Number: IDE 132