Lot 4020

Sgt. John Karr – a Congressional Medal of Honor as a member of the escort for the remains of President Abraham Lincoln, April 1865

International Orders & Military Collectibles | A89m | Live auction | 454 Lots

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The five-rayed star (Army, first model) embossed in bronze, standing upright on one tip, bearing the engraver's signature "Paquet F.". The eagle riband buckle fastened with rings and the suspension bar with safety pin, both also embossed in bronze. On the original ribbon. The dedication "The Congress to Sergt. John Karr Co. D 14th Vet.Res.Corps of Escort to Remains of President Abraham Lincoln April 1865" inscribed on the back. Width 53.3 mm.
Comes with his GAR Civil War 1861, Veteran 1866 Medal on the ribbon and riband buckle, serial number "B 50625", on violet velvet in the carrying case with press stud and imprint "The Boston Regalia Co.". Also, his GAR Badge 31st National Encampment Buffalo NY August 1897, tinted bronze, on the ribbon and riband buckle, the back inscribed "Penfold Buffalo N.Y. Pat'd June 1897".
Introduced as the highest decoration for bravery by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, during the American Civil War, the Medal of Honor has been awarded approximately 3,500 times to date. Just a few days before the surrender of the Confederate troops under the command of General Joseph E. Johnston to General Sherman, the newly re-elected President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. on 14 April 1865. He died of his injuries the next day. Lincoln's remains were transported for burial from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois, by train, accompanied by an honor guard, which also watched over the coffin at the mourning processions that took place in all large cities, such as New York and Chicago. Like Sgt. John Karr, every member of the guard was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for this service, "In testimony of his faithful and exemplary conduct as one of the escort to the remains of President Lincoln to Springfield, Ill". However, Congress later revoked the award as it had not been won by virtue of demonstrating bravery and fearlessness in mortal danger in battle against the enemy.

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