Maine G.A.R. badge from a large archive of material preserved by family of Brevet Brigadier General Isaac Dyer (1820-1913,) Colonel of the 15th Maine. The group was published in North South Trader 11.1 (Nov-Dec 1983,) purchased in its entirety by a collector about the same time, and only recently dispersed Dyer, a native of Skowhegan, joined the 15th Maine as Lt. Colonel in late1861, became Colonel in September 1862 and commanded it to the end of the war. The regiment took part in Butler’s expedition against New Orleans in early 1862, transferred to West Florida later in the year, and then returned to Louisiana in mid-1863 for Banks’s campaign along the Texas Coast and his Red River Campaign of 1864. In mid-1864, as part of the 19th Corps, they moved north, part of the regiment going to Bermuda Hundred and part to Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, where they were reunited in August. The regiment remained in service after the war ended, doing occupation duty in South Carolina until 1866. Dyer mustered out in September 1865. He received a brevet to Brigadier General as of March 1865, and reportedly had actual command of a brigade at Martinsburg in late 1864. The regiment took part in several active campaigns and expeditions, seeing action at Fort Esperanza, Sabine Crossroads, Pleasant Hill, Cane River Crossing and Mansura Plains.
Dyer was well liked and very active in the G.A.R. and the regiment’s veteran association. The bronze medallion measures 1 ¼” and depicts the Maine State Seal, suspended from a maroon silk ribbon with gold G.A.R. monogram and bronze pin bar marked “MAINE.” An attractive medal housed in a riker case with black background and red mat.
Residence Skowhegan ME; 41 years old.
Enlisted on 12/17/1861 as a Lieut Colonel.
On 12/17/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff ME 15th Infantry
He was discharged on 9/13/1865
* Colonel 8/26/1862
* Brig-General 3/13/1865 by Brevet
born 11/1/1820 in Skowhegan, ME
died 3/5/1913 in Skowhegan, ME
Comes housed in a 5 x 6 inch display case with black velvet backing and descriptive card.