Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Civil War Medals Still Available (for veterans' descendants)

In 1866, the state of West Virginia authorized the minting of over 26,000 medals to honor its Union Civil War soldiers. The medals were delivered in 1867. More than 4,000 medals remain unclaimed.

For information about:

  • The history of the unclaimed West Virginia Civil War Medals,
  • The list of unclaimed Civil War Medals,
  • How to apply for a Civil War Medal and
  • A claim application form,

copy and paste the following URL for the West Virginia State Archives into your web browser:


Note: In addition to West Virginia, several other states struck medals after the war. Descendants of Civil War veterans might benefit from searching other states for Civil War Medals.

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