5 3/4 in. badge comprised of gold painted pinback hanger attached to blue silk ribbon with gilt lettering,"32nd Annual Reunion, Society of Kearny's First New Jersey Brigade, September 8th, 1913, Newark, N.J.," and white ribbon with red cross above attached to cello badge featuring portrait of "Phil. Kearny." -- 4 1/2 in. badge comprised of hanger with pinback inscribed "Kearny's," attached to red silk ribbon with gilt lettering reading, "Veteran of Kearny's Brigade." -- 4 1/2 in. badge comprised of metal pinback hanger attached to yellow ribbon with embroidered flag and III Corps badge featuring Kearny's portrait and inscribed "Phil Kearny's Division / A.P." -- Together, 3 badges, each with soiling to surface and moderate wear including fraying and small holes in ribbon fabric (yellow ribbon with larger and more numerous holes).
Phillip Kearny was a millionaire, amputee, and noted US officer who served bravely in the Mexican and Civil Wars. He studied at the French Cavalry school and translated the skills and tactics learned there on the battlefield. While in command of the corps, Kearny was credited with developing the concept of corps badges, which would go on to be adopted by the entire army. During the Civil War, he fought at Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, and throughout the Peninsula Campaign until dying on September 1, 1862, at the Battle of Chantilly.
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