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    An excellent grouping with a wonderful history

    Great Grouping Includes Medal for Massachusetts Survivor of Four Confederate Prison Camps. This trio of medals belonging to Capt. Lorenzo Monroe, Co. I, 58th Mass. Vol. Infantry is highlighted by an imposing survivor's badge he received for being detained in four Confederate prisons. Monroe was captured on September 30, 1864, at Poplar Grove Church, Virginia. By the time he was paroled in February 1865 he had been detained in the Southern prisoner of war facilities of Libby, Danville, Goldsboro, and Salisbury. The striking badge measures 6" from the suspension bar to the tip of the red, white, and blue ribbon and is more than 1.5" wide. The top bar has in relief lettering "MASSACHUSETTS/ Survivor Of," from which depends four ornate bars connected by links, each having the name of a prison in relief letters: "Libby, Salisbury, Danville and Goldsborrugh." Beneath that is suspended a nicely detailed spread-winged eagle perched on top of a knapsack with crossed muskets in the background. From that is suspended a rectangular prisoner of war emblem: a prostrate soldier being attacked by a dog. The badge is in excellent condition with its original fastening clasp and much remaining luster. Only the ribbon shows some fraying at the end.

    The second piece is an attractive veterans medal with "Capt. L. D. Monroe" nicely engraved on the ornate oval top bar. From this is suspended a red, white, and blue ribbon and from that a blue enamel cross and bronze wreath design. On the cross is "58/ Mass./ Regt./ Asso." and "3rd/ Mass./ Vet'n./ Vol's." is inscribed on the wreath. In the center is an attractive 9th Corps badge in bronze and white enamel. The third badge is Monroe's Military Order of the Loyal Legion medal (serial number 8063) having a blue and white enamel Maltese cross and gold rays surrounding a central gold circle bearing the society's motto and, in the center, a red enamel circle with a gold eagle. It is suspended from a red, white, and blue ribbon with a simple pin fastener.

    Monroe first served in the 1st Battalion, Mass. Heavy Artillery but was discharged for promotion into Co. I, of the newly created 58th Mass. Infantry in April 1864. The unit saw hard service with Grant's 1864 campaign, including the assault on the Crater at Petersburg, and Monroe was made a prisoner with all but about a dozen of the regiment at Poplar Spring Church. He would rejoin the regiment and be mustered out with it on July 14, 1865.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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