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Creator

Lincoln Mint

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Creator Role

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Description

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.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

1971

Measurement

1 3/8 inches (diameter)

Materials and Techniques Display

bronze

Inscription

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.

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

commemorative medal

Class

coins & medals

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

ID

3803.32

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

Union Enlistment of Negro Troops (from the History of the Civil War Medal Collection)

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