1862 Medal Of Honor ~ Civil War Era

Medal Of Honor
Civil War Design

  • 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.

1862 Medal Of Honor Design

Source = Medal Of Honor United States Army

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