Union Veterans Union Medal - UVU standard membership badge. The Union Veterans Union was formed in Washington, D.C. in 1886 to fill a need that many Civil War Veterans felt was lacking. There was no question that the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was the strongest of all Union Veterans organizations. But many felt they had become an 'elitist' group, losing touch with some of the real concerns of the typical Union Veteran. MOLLUS, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S., in which only officers were admitted, was viewed as an 'aristocratic' Society and provided no real comradery to the enlisted veteran.
MICHAEL AUGUSTUS DILLON, a Union veteran and MEDAL of HONOR recipient was concerned about the above issues along with many others. DILLON had been instrumental in forming two GAR POSTS, which he Commanded and also credited with starting an Auxillary. He turned his leadership and organizational skills into establishing the UNION VETERANS UNION. It's total membership exceeded 100,000 veterans!
By establishing local Precinct Command Posts along with the Women's Relief Corps, they were able to deliver assistance to ALL Veterans on a personal level. The COMMAND POSTS carried the names of Civil War Heroes or battle sights. They maintained a LOYAL GUARD, which was a uniformed group that took part in ceremonial activities. They adopted a member 'badge' and held National Encampments each year. Officers carried military rank, which could quickly identify their position in the Order.
Top bar is detached from the ribbon.
Inventory Number: VET 117