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Gettysburg Foundation Loans Meade Medal to Abraham Lincoln Foundation

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The medal presented to Meade depicts a bust portrait of Meade in profile, encircled by the words "Presented July 4, 1866 to Major Gen'l George G. Meade by the Union League of Philadelphia as a Token of the Gratitude of his Countrymen."

 

The Gettysburg Foundation recently worked side-by-side with the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia to commence the loan of the original commemorative Union League gold medal presented to Major General George G. Meade in 1866 by the Union League. The medal is part of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia collection, the largest collection of Civil War artifacts not under government stewardship. The collection is owned by the Gettysburg Foundation and cared for at the highest possible standards by museum curatorial specialists.

“The Union League Gold Medal is the highest honor the Union League can bestow,” stated John J. Meko, Jr., Executive Director of The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia. “The first gold medal was presented to President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. In 1866, the League awarded a gold medal, designed by artist and engraver Anthony Paquet, to Major General George G. Meade. It was the fourth gold medal awarded by the League, but the first with a unique design. A total of only 38 gold medals have been awarded since 1863.”

“The Abraham Lincoln Foundation is an organization that shares our commitment to education,” said Matthew C. Moen, PhD, Gettysburg Foundation President. “It is vitally important to make such national treasures, these tangible teaching tools, available for all to see and appreciate. We look forward to working together in the years to come with the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia.”

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation is an established leader within the Civil War community, championing Philadelphia's contributions to the Civil War. As steward of priceless art, archival, manuscript, library and object collections, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation enables thousands of students, teachers, researchers, visitors and members to experience the history and heritage of the Union League first hand. The Abraham Lincoln Foundation is one of three charitable foundations of The Union League of Philadelphia.