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    Hiram Buckingham Grand Army of the Republic Presentation Medal. Hiram Buckingham enlisted in the Union Army as a private in August 1862 and mustered into Co. "A," 16th Connecticut Infantry, and by February 1863 was quartermaster sergeant. On April 20, 1864, he and the majority of men in the 16th Connecticut were captured after the surrender of the Union garrison at the Battle of Plymouth [North Carolina]. He spent the next five months at the notorious prison at Andersonville, Georgia, but managed to escape on September 20, 1864. After the war, Buckingham joined the G.A.R. and was presented this medal.

    Measuring 13" x 7" (sight), this large presentation medal features a clasp in the shape of a large eagle with outstretched wings over crossed cannons and ammunition grasping a saber in its claws. The clasp is attached to a ribbon in the design of the American flag. At the opposite end of the ribbon is a badge in the shape of an inverted five-pointed star. Each of the points bears the insignia of the various branches of service: infantry, artillery, cavalry, Marines, and Navy. In the center of the star is a circular photograph of Buckingham, measuring 2" in diameter, surrounded by a circular engraving reading: "Hiram Buckingham / Q.M. Sergt. 16 Conn. Vols." The badge and clasp appear to be made of bronze. Resting on a bed of velvet, the medal is framed to an overall size of 12.75" x 20.25".

    Estimate: $900 - $1,200.

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