Commemorative medal, 31.75 mm. dia., presented by the state of New Jersey and struck by Hayes Bros. Co., ca first quarter 20th century. Bar obverse features state seal of New Jersey flanked by dates "1861" and "1865," reverse stamped with number "725" and Hayes Bros. Co. mark. Obverse with depiction of a soldier standing in front of a cannon and American flag, holding a rifle in his hands, surrounded by legend reading, "READY TO DIE FOR THE HONOR OF OUR COUNTRY." Reverse with legend and stamped text reading, "PRESENTED BY THE STATE OF / NEW JERSEY / TO / GEN. J.F. RUSLING / VETERAN / OF THE UNION FORCES / IN THE / CIVIL WAR / 1861-1865."
James Fowler Rusling (1834-1918) was commissioned a lieutenant in the 5th New Jersey Infantry in August of 1861, and was appointed as regimental quartermaster. In June 1862, he resigned his state commission to accept a promotion to captain and a new position as assistant quartermaster of US Volunteers. Rusling continued to climb in rank and authority, earning a promotion to lieutenant-colonel in 1863, during which time he assumed the position of chief quartermaster of the 3rd Army Corps under Major General Daniel Sickels.
Rusling accompanied the Army of the Potomac through all of its major campaigns until the fall of 1863, when the 3rd Corps was reorganized. He was then transferred to the Department of the Cumberland in November of that year, serving as assistant quartermaster and chief of staff. The logistics of the Western Theater of the war would prove to be a challenge, though Rusling's multiple promotions and eventual appointment to the brevet rank of brigadier general in 1866 serves as a testament to his competency. He remained in the army until his retirement in 1867.
Included with the lot is documentation from the New Jersey State Library Archives and History Bureau and the State of New Jersey Department of Education confirming that Medal No. 725 was issued to James F. Rusling and approved in 1907.
Good condition overall. Some darkening of metal with an overall bronze patination. Markings crisp and legible.
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