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    Magnificent Badge Grouping of a Noteworthy Officer. These three remarkable badges belonged to Brevet Captain Aaron Lazarus, Co. D, 28th Pa. Vol. Infantry, and are highlighted by a spectacular wartime silver and gold 12th/ 20th Corps badge. The corps badge, certainly one of the finest of its type, measures a full 2" from tip-to-tip and consists of a gold five pointed star with the center cut to reveal an embellished regimental number "28" in a circle. Rays emanate from a band around that circle in which is skillfully engraved "LT. AARON LAZARUS. Co. D. 28th P.V." This star is set on a larger silver star with decorative border. On the back of the badge, along the points of the silver star, are engraved the battle honors "Bolivar Heights/ Rappahannock/ Sulphur Spg/ Cedar Mt/ Antietam/ Chancellorsville/ Gettysburg/ Lookout Mt/ Mission Rdg/ Ringgold." The badge is suspended by a wonderful bar measuring nearly 1.5" x 0.5" with gold plating and blue enamel simulating a captain's shoulder strap and complete with its original t-bar pin back. The badge most likely dates from December 1863 or very early 1864 with the current suspension added around the time of the officer's discharge in the summer of 1864. One of Philadelphia's most prominent Jewish citizens, Aaron Lazarus enlisted as a sergeant in the 28th Regiment on July 6, 1861, and rose through the ranks to 2nd lieutenant in May 1863 and 1st lieutenant in April 1864. He saw action at all the major engagements of the Army of the Potomac and from September 1863, the Army of the Cumberland until his honorable discharge on July 20, 1864. A most important, appealing and historic item.

    Also with the badge is Lazarus' bronze unit veteran's medal, a rarity in itself. Measuring about 2.25" x 1.5", the 12th/ 20th Corps "star" emblem bears in relief "28th & 147th" over "P.V." under which is "Knap's Battery," signifying the units that spun-off the original 28th Pennsylvania. It is suspended by chains from a top bar that fittingly is embellished with crossed muskets and cannon. Overall condition is excellent with the original fastening pin. Lazarus became active with a variety of Philadelphia militia and National Guard groups following the war and the third badge represents his affiliation with a veterans' organization known as the "Old Guard." The device is an embellished yellow metal Maltese cross in the center of which is a deep blue enamel circle bearing the Old English letters "OG." It is suspended by a red, white, and blue ribbon from a simple brass pin and, like the other insignia, is in excellent condition. The set is complete with an original postwar photo of Lazarus, extensive photocopies of his service and pension records and appropriate notations from the 1894 publication "The Jews of Philadelphia." Truly an extraordinary grouping.


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