Among the tens of thousands of artifacts in the museum collection at Gettysburg National Military Park that document the experiences of the Civil War soldier are four of exceptional value and importance. Nowhere near the size of a shot-torn battle flag or the gold-braided uniform of a general, these small yet and powerful objects represent the highest standard of courage and self-sacrifice our nation can bestow upon an individual. Sixty-three of them were awarded to soldiers of the Army of the Potomac for individual gallantry as a result of the Battle of Gettysburg, and hundreds more during the remaining months of the American Civil War.
They are the Congressional Medal of Honor. The National Park Service at Gettysburg has the distinct honor of caring for and preserving on behalf of the American people, four Medals of Honor awarded to three individuals between 1864 and 1904.The first medal is of the pattern approved by President Abraham Lincoln for the United States Army in July of 1862. The medal is composed of a rectangular bronze bar with a federal shield at the center flanked by a cornucopia with laurel leaves along the bottom edge. Suspended below this bar is an American flag ribbon with the blue union in corduroy and the striped portion in ribbed cotton. Beneath the ribbon is a bronze spread eagle clutching a saber and perched atop crossed cannon barrels with a pyramid of eight cannonballs below. Suspended from this eagle is an inverted 5-point bronze star with a circular relief at the center of Minerva, the Roman Goddess of Wisdom and War, fending off discord.
The relief is encircled by 34 tiny 5-point stars with an oak and laurel branch inside each arm of the star. The pointed end of each arms ends in a tiny trefoil.The reverse side of the star is engraved. This medal was awarded to Corporal Reigle for his actions at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, fought October 19, 1864. Reigle, at that time, was the color-sergeant of the 87. Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, carrying the units national colors (the American flag with the units designation painted on). His citation for the medal reads For gallantry while rushing forward to capture a Confederate flag at the stone fence where the enemys last stand was made. For his bravery that day, Major General Philip H. Sheridan, commander of the Union Army at Cedar Creek, sent the 23 year old Adams County native to Washington with the captured flag, to present it to the War Department as a trophy of the Union victory.
The medal was awarded to Reigle by President Lincoln himself, and he was also granted a 35 day furlough to return home to Adams County. He died on March 19, 1917, at the age of 75, and was buried in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Littlestown, Pennsylvania.
The item "1864 Civil War Soldier CDV Sgt DANIEL P REIGLE with MEDAL OF HONOR in Gettysburg" is in sale since Friday, May 04, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Photographs". The seller is "gettysburgeddie" and is located in Wells Tannery, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.