BB& B Society of the Army Of The Santiago Medal- Issued To Able Davis

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Able Davis, was a Private in the 1st Illinois Infantry who took part in the Siege of Santiago.

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BB& B Society of the Army Of The Santiago Medal- Issued To Able Davis.

During the Spanish American War, Abel Davis was a Private in the 1st Illinois Infantry which took part in the siege of Santiago, and a member of this society, and issued this medal No. 683, along with his engraved name on the back center panel.

Davis remained with the 1st Illinois after the SAW, and rose through the ranks, becoming a major when the regiment went to the Mexican Border, and had multiple skirmishes with Pancho Villa’s men.  During WWI, he commanded the 132nd Infantry, and fought along side British troops upon arrival in France.  He was awarded the DSC and DSM for repulsing a German attack just three days before the Armistice.  After WWI, Davis commanded the 66th Infantry Brigade as a brigadier general.

The Society of the Army of Santiago de Cuba, was organized to record and maintain the history culminating in the surrender of the Spanish Army at Santiago on July 17, 1898. Both officers and enlisted were eligible for membership.  A beautiful medal made of 14K gold and fine enamel by Bailey, Banks, and Biddle of Philadelphia, and so hallmarked on the ribbon mounting ring, along with the other marking, “PAT. 7/4/99.”  The medal appears to be without flaw.

Able Davis was the second highest ranking Jewish officer in the Illinois National Guard, and one of the highest ranking in the U.S. Army.

A great medal with super condition and historical association.

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Weight .6 lbs