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    General William Mahone's Personal United Confederate Veterans Lapel Pins Confederate General William Mahone, hero of the Battle of the Crater, became active in the United Confederate Veterans Association after its formation in 1889, the same year he made an unsuccessful run for governor of Virginia. Founded as a benevolent, historical, social and literary society, the UCV held reunions and sponsored charitable benefits to raise money for disabled veterans of the Civil War and for widows and orphans from the war, all the while their members wearing uniquely identifying pins such as these shown here, this being the personal UCV lapel pins worn by General Mahone.

    The UCV held many reunions after its inception with the old soldiers gathering together to reminisce and renew acquaintances. The bond between the men forged during the war was unbreakable as witnessed by the many reunion photographs and tokens from those gatherings that exist today. General Mahone's Brigade were particularly close due to the notoriety of the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg. So singularly important was that battle that the men wore lapel pins that memorialized the event, pins such as the sterling silver enameled battle flag pin of General Mahone's. The pin includes the location "Petersburg, Va." as well as the date of the battle, "July 30, 1864". "The Charge of the Crater" and "Mahone's Brigade" are included on the front of the pin as well. With the back stamped 'sterling', the pin and clasp still in perfect condition, General Mahone wore this pin during the reunions.

    The second lapel pin owned by General Mahone bears the Mahone Brigade emblem, a blue shield with a centered gold star, a personal design of Mahone's that he took with him after the war. It is even included on his tomb with the initial 'M' in the center of the star as well as on his family silver. This pin bears the words 'Mahone's Brigade' above and below the shield, is made of coated paper and tin and is surrounded by a copper wreath. It is in fine condition and was manufactured by the Whitehead and Hoag Company of Newark, New Jersey as indicated on the reverse. It is of the stickpin variety attachment with all the original attachments to the pin and wreath intact.

    Provenance: The Don Tharpe Collection of American Military History *****

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