Contributed by Pittsfield Historical Society
Members of the GAR Stephen Davis Post #11 likely wore this badge at the special Memorial Day service held in 1904, at the dedication of the Soldiers' Monument and the Pittsfield Public Library.
John Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) issued a general order in 1868 designating May 30th as a "day for strewing with flowers the graves of comrades in defense of their country." Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday later evolved into what is now called Memorial Day.
About This Item
- Title: GAR Memorial Day badge, Pittsfield, ca. 1904
- Creator: GAR Stephen Davis Post #11
- Creation Date: circa 1904
- Subject Date: circa 1904
- Town: Pittsfield
- County: Somerset
- State: ME
- Media: Ink on ribbon, brass
- Dimensions: 23.0 cm x 6.2 cm
- Object Type: Physical Object
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Grand Army of the Republic
- Veterans--Civil War
- Military service--1860-1870
- Pittsfield (Me.)--History
- Maine--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans
- Monuments & memorials--Maine--Pittsfield
For more information about this item, contact:Pittsfield Historical Society
114 Central Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967
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