MEDAL OF HONOR ~ 1862
The original design for the Army was created by Christian Schussel and engraved by Anthony C. Pacquot.
The pendant was identical to the design approved by the Navy with the exception of the suspension and clasp.
It consisted of a five-pointed star, tipped with trefoils containing a crown of laurel and oak.
In the middle, a band of 34 stars represented the number of States in 1862.
Minerva, personifying the United States, stands with a left hand resting on Fasces and right hand
holding a shield blazoned with the United States arms.
Minerva repulses Discord, represented by snakes.
The pendant was suspended by a trophy of crossed cannons, balls, sword and an American eagle.
The clasp was two cornucopias and the arms of the United States.
Source = Medal Of Honor United States Army
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