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Manufactured by:
S.M. Ward & Co., American, active 1860s  Search this
Owned by:
Washington Perkins, American, ca.1826 - 1909  Search this
Subject of:
54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, American, 1863 - 1865  Search this
Medium:
sterling silver
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 1 1/4 × 15/16 × 3/16 in. (3.2 × 2.4 × 0.5 cm)
Type:
badges
Place depicted:
Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Olustee, Baker County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Fort Wagner, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
James Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, Sea Islands, North and Central America
Darien, McIntosh County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1864-1865
Description:
A Maltese cross with a disk at center showing Fort Sumter flying an American flag overhead in raised relief with water in the foreground. The owner’s name [Washnt Perkins 54 Ms. Vol / Co. A] is centered over the fort etched in a half-circle. Each of the arms of the cross is hand engraved with a battle fought by the 54th Massachusetts Infantry — (clockwise from top) Olustee, Darien, Wagner, and James Isd — done in different lettering than the owner’s name. The back of the badge has a T-bar pin closure.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Military  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
United States Colored Troops  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.104.12
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Awards and Medals
Exhibition:
Slavery and Freedom
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5da4d2c32-ac25-4232-a2ee-298d1aa2caf7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.104.12