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    Confederate General Jubal Early Gold Presentation Medal and Group of Five Patriotic and Society Medals Belonging to Mrs. Jeannie Washington Campbell Story. Includes the following:
    (1)
    A privately made medal featuring a gold and enamel Confederate battle flag suspended from a gold bar engraved, "Jeannie Washington Campbell / The Bravest Girl I Know". The verso of the bar is engraved, "Gen. Jubal Early / Fort Necessity 1865". The bar is 53mm wide. The medal and suspension bar are 45mm overall. Unmarked;
    (2) Order of the Crown of America - gold badge of the order with a light blue Maltese cross, balls at the tips, and rays between the arms. The badge, suspended by an articulated gold crown, is similar to the British St. Edward's crown. The center has a fleur-de-leis with a white enamel surround and "Atavis Edite Regibus" (Born of Royal Ancestors). The reverse has the name of the order engraved in the center. The badge and crown are suspended from a ribbon of the order tied in lady's bow. The silver pin-back is engraved "Jennie Washington Story / 1908". The badge is 70mm without the ribbon. Unmarked, but in the original Bailey, Banks & Biddle box. There is an extremely small chip to the white enamel surround;
    (3) National Society United States Daughters - gold badge with a dark blue enamel star with "U.S.D. / 1812" superimposed over an anchor. Atop red and white ribbon is a gold suspension bar reading, "Louisiana". The reverse of the badge is engraved with the number "38" and is marked "Caldwell & Co. / Pat.d". The badge is 28mm without the ribbon;
    (4) National Mary Washington Memorial Association - rose gold badge of the society in the shape of a white enamel five-point star, balls at the tips, with the old English letters N, M, W, M, & A, in blue enamel on the points. The center features the head of Mary Washington surrounded by laurel leaves. The reverse center has the Washington family shield in white and red enamel. The reverse points are beautifully engraved with, "Jeannie Washington Campbell Story / Louisiana / Feb. 22, 1890 / Hereditary Life Member No. 210". The top point is marked "Caldwell & Co. / Phila. / Pat.". The badge is 40mm without the ribbon;
    (5) National Society of the Colonial Dames of America - gold badge of the society has a center medallion of light blue enamel with a colonial woman, surrounding the medallion is white enamel with the name of the society. Atop the medallion is a gold American eagle, and below, a blue enamel star. Extending out from the medallion are ten gold rays, nine of which are tipped with a blue enamel star. The reverse center is engraved "Jeannie Washington Story / No. 160 /1895" surrounded by "Virtutes Majorum Filiae Conservant" (Daughters Conserve the Virtues of Their Ancestors). The reverse is also marked, "Bailey, Banks & Biddle / Phila. Pat.". The badge was suspended from a ribbon (in tatters) of the society's colors and a suspension bar with "Maryland". The badge is 40mm without the ribbon. In the original Bailey, Banks & Biddle box. There is some enamel loss to the central medallion;
    (6) National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - gold badge of the society has a thirteen-spoke wheel with the name of the society on a blue enamel rim and surrounded by stars. The wheel is superimposed on a white metal banner. The reverse is engraved, "Jennie Washington Story / 10113" and marked "Caldwell 9.22.91 / Patent". The ancestor bar suspension bears the name "Isaac Webber" and on the reverse, "Caldwell / Patent". The badge is 32mm without the ribbon. In the original J. E. Caldwell & Co. box.

    Jeannie Washington Campbell Story, "a grand-niece of George Washington and a lineal descendant of [John and Lawrence Washington], English, French and Scotch royalty", was, by all contemporary accounts, a Southern lady of impeccable background and great refinement. Just were and when she was born is a mystery, but she grew up in Virginia and Maryland. What she did in 1865 to win General Early's sobriquet "The Bravest Girl I Know" also remains a mystery. What is known is, that, in 1867 she married Captain Benjamin Saxon Story, a wealthy cotton grower from St. Bernard Parrish, Louisiana. Shortly before his marriage, the captain recovered his property, confiscated by the Union forces while he served with the 18th Louisiana Infantry during the Civil War. Captain Story and his bride Jeannie left for an extended honeymoon in Europe where they traveled to Great Britain, Italy, and France. There they were presented to Empress Eugenie, consort to Napoleon III. They returned to Louisiana and filled their home, Saxonholme, with treasures purchased during their travels, making it a showplace. The Story's were patrons of the arts, gracious hosts, and very active in New Orleans society. In 1901, Captain Story died suddenly. Three years later, Saxonholme, burned to the ground. Jeannie Story moved into her New Orleans home, Lion House, on upper St. Charles Avenue, and there she lived until her death in 1927.

    This medal group is subject of an article in the September-October 2006 issue of the Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America. Worthy of more research to solve the riddle of General Early's medal.


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