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    Posted 9 years ago

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    This is my third great grandfather Elial Marion Poulton (1840-1928). He was in Company D, 42nd Ohio Regiment. He ranked in and out as a private. On the far left photo, he is on the right. The two right ones are cropped to see the medals better. Does anyone know anything about Civil War medals? Specifically about the ones on the far right? Or, possibly what year this photo may have been taken (It's a postcard photo)?

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Great photo-- the photo postcards can be dated based on the stamp box on the back. AZO is the most common. Add a photo of it and it can be narrowed.

      I cannot see enough details to provide precise information, but can provide some general information.

      The badge on the left (as viewed) is what is called a ladder badge. The bars usually contain unit information such as " Company D" and "42nd Ohio Infantry", while the bottom portion usually contains the name of the soldier.

      The center badge issome sort of GAR badge. The GAR is a fraternal organization for Union veterans that was founded in 1866. These badges were used to identify the post a member was in and they were also made for specific event souvenirs. The white ribbon is also probably GAR-- you can read "Ohio" at the bottom.

      He also wears a GAR lapel pin in his jacket.

      See my post for information on the GAR:

      There is an abundance of information on the web on the GAR-- do a yahoo or google search for more information.

    2. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      He listed in the muster roll as "Marion Poulton".

      Enlisted on 9/17/1861 as a Private. age 21.

      On 9/25/1861 he mustered into "D" Co. OH 42nd Infantry.

      He was Mustered Out on 9/30/1864.

      He was listed as:
      * Wounded 7/12/1863 Jackson, MS

      Here is a link to the NPS site to get the history of the 42nd Ohio:
    3. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 9 years ago;
    4. antiquesareamazing antiquesareamazing, 9 years ago
      Thanks VinkingFan82. I actually created that memorial on Find A Grave!! It's also an amazing website, just like Collector's
    5. antiquesareamazing antiquesareamazing, 8 years ago
      scottvez: Do you happen to know if it was common for Veterans to be buried wearing these medals?
    6. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      I am not sure-- would suspect it was a personal preference, but I haven't read anything about the subject.

      Based on the widespread availability of GAR medals on the market, I don't think that it was that common.

      I'll ask some other Civil War collectors and see if they have any other information.

    7. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 years ago
      The AZO marks date the photo 1918 - 1930.
    8. antiquesareamazing antiquesareamazing, 8 years ago
      Thanks scottvez!
      walksoftly: Okay! That's great to know. He died in 1928, so this was clearly taken when he was much older.

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