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    Military Service Institution Gold Medal
    Awarded to General John Gibbon, 1881
    For 'The Indian Question' Essay, Unc Details

    1881 Military Service Institution Gold Medal, Awarded to General John Gibbon -- Reverse Rim Filed -- NGC Details. Unc. 51 mm. The reverse is engraved (AWARDED TO) Gen'l John Gibbon / U.S. ARMY (FOR ESSAY ON) The Indian Question / 1881/0. The medal is lightly bent and exhibits delicate hairlines. The edge displays ornate markings, likely as presented. Gibbon's article "Our Indian Question" was published in the 1881 volume of the Journal of the Military Service Institution of the United States. The organization was founded by army officers in 1878 and was defunct by 1920. A black and white image of an obverse of a 1878-dated Military Service Institution gold medal appears in the Wikipedia article for the organization. John Gibbon (1827-1896) graduated from West Point in 1847 and served as a U.S. Army officer until 1891. During the Civil War, he was wounded at both Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. The arrival of Gibbon's troops in June 1876 likely prevented the massacre of Major Reno's men in Montana, days after Custer's Last Stand. Gibbon's grave is at Arlington National Cemetery.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    December, 2018
    13th-14th Thursday-Friday
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