Silver peace medal, Major General Edmund Gaines on the front and the Battle of Erie on the back. Authorized by order of the United States Congress 1824.
"I am not sure this would be considered a peace medal" (Bruce Graetz, Senior Museum Curator of Military History, Military Artifacts Museum of Florida History)
Bill Steele wrote by email to Greg Palumbo 8/12/11, "The Gaines medal was presented by Congress to Gaines for his action at Erie during the War of 1812. While there was more than one struck this one was actually his. I believe it came down through his wife's family or something. At any rate we got that about the same time we got his commission as Major general. That commission made him the third highest ranking officer (behind Brown and Scott and ahead of Macomb and Jesup) in the US Army. It was signed by the president, James Monroe, but also by the secretary of war, James Monroe, which is really neat. Two presidents!"
|Dimensions||D-0.75 Dia-2.5 inches|