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The medal's obverse design depicts an image of an African-American Union Soldier who is shown wearing a Union uniform and holding a rifle. Below his image, four additional African-American soldiers are shown running in uniform while carrying rifles. On the reverse, Confederate and United States flags are pictured intersecting at the top of the medal. Several rifles appear behind the flags, and the image of an eagle is placed at the center of the intersection. At the medal's bottom, a decorative border lines the edge.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
1 3/8 inches (diameter)
Materials and Techniques Display
obverse: UNION ENLISTMENT OF NEGRO TROOPS / 1863 reverse: THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR / Over 175,000 Negroes / declared their new freedom by / taking up arms for the Union, / serving with valor and / distinction in many / battles.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans
coins & medals
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
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