Gold Presentation G.A.R. Badge- To A Hawkins Zouave Officer

An historical Hawkins Zouaves/ GAR presentation badge made of gold.

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This G.A.R. Badge/ medal was presented to Major George A.C. Barnett, who was an officer in the 9th New York Volunteers, otherwise known as “Hawkins or Fire Zouaves.” The badge is gold, though unmarked, and made by a Bronx jeweler by the name of H. Popper.  This presentation was made by members of E.A. KIMBALL Post 100, G.A.R. DEPt. NY. The presentation reads, “Presented By his Comrades as a token of there esteem, Nov. 17- 83.”

It is a gorgeous badge made of gold, most likely 14K, with Barnett’s name on a bar above the G.A.R. star, with the post name in gold and blue enamel, having the bust in silver for the officer who the post is named for, LtCol. Edgar A. Kimball. The 9th Army Corps badge is set upon the star.

Overall height is nearly 4 inches, and weight, 1.4 oz.    The blue silk ribbon is showing its age, but there. Condition is fine otherwise.

George A.C. Barnett entered service in April of 1861 as a 1st Lieutenant of Co. “B” 9th New York Volunteer Infantry for two years.  He saw service in Virginia and North Carolina, and was appointed regimental adjutant on June 18, 1862.  He resigned for a short time but again enrolled for three years in the same regiment, and then consolidated with the 17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry.  Again he was appointed regimental Adjutant in March of 1865.

After the war, he studied law and became a law partner with the Colonel of the 9th Regiment, Rush Hawkins.  He was also employed as a publisher, but continued to practice law in New York City.

Edgar Allison Kimball, for whom the G.A.R. Post 100 is named for, was a printer by trade in New Hampshire and Vermont.  He was commissioned a captain in the 9th U.S. Infantry Regiment during the Mexican War and took part in the battles of Contreras, Churubusco, and Chapultepec and received a promotion to major by brevet.  He was commissioned a major in the 9th NY Vols or Hawkins Zouaves, later promoted to Lt. Colonel and eventually becoming the commander of the regiment.

In April of 1863, General Michael Corcoran of the Irish Brigade attempted to pass the lines of the 9th New York where his was challenged by a sentry, while encamped in Virginia.  Kimball came to the sentry’s aid, and heated words were used and Corcoran ends up killing Kimball with his revolver.  Corcoran was not arrested or charged. The story gets a bit more interesting from Corcoran’s side of things and well worth the read on the incident.

There is at least $1000.00 dollar give or take, and a whole lot of history.

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 6 in