Four Original Fort Sumter Medals Minted for the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York and Presented to Those Engaged in the Defense of Fort Sumter

Lot of 5. Besides the personal medals given to Robert Anderson and his men, the Chamber kept several as examples. These are the medals from their collection. 

Offered here is a 6 in. medal like the one Robert Anderson received with a profile of himself on the front, with the Guardian Spirit of America on the reverse (only two known examples besides Anderson’s).

Second is a 4 in. medal, the same as the medals given to the nine officers serving with Anderson on Fort Sumter. This medal is of the same design as Anderson’s but of a smaller size. The nine officers receiving this medal were Captains J.G. Forster and Abner Doubleday; First Lieutenants Jefferson C. Davis, George W. Snyder, Truman Seymour (then Brevet Captain), Theodore Talbot (then Assistant Adjutant-General), and Norman J. Hall; Second Lieutenant Richard K. Mead and Assistant Surgeon Samuel W. Crawford.

Third is a non-commissioned officer's medal, 3.5 in., featuring a portrait of Major Anderson on one side and a depiction of Peter Hart raising the Stars and Stripes on the other (see the Peter Hart Collection offered in this auction).

Fourth is the medal given to enlisted men, 2.5 in., featuring Anderson on obverse and the same design as the non-commissioned officer medal on reverse.

Each of the bronze medals was struck by Charles Muller, a sculptor in New York City, as medals are inscribed.

Lot also includes a CDV showing the Sumter medal. This is the only known example of this CDV.


All medals in excellent condition.

Estimate: $9,000 - $15,000
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