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ORDER AND SPECIFICATIONS
Badge of the Army of the Cumberland
ADOPTED BY THE SOCIETY.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Nashville, Tenn., June 19, 1865. GENERAL ORDERS,
At a meeting of the officers and enlisted men of the Army of the Cumberland, serving in this vicinity, held at the IIeadquarters of the Artillery Command of the Fourth Army Corps, on Saturday, June 10th inst., for the purpose of considering the propriety of adopting a badge to signalize and perpetuate the history of the Army of the Cumberland, it was unanimously agreed to adopt such a badge, and the following officers were appointed a committee to report a design for the same:
BREVET BRIGADIER GENERAL J. L. DONALDSON, Chief Quarter
master, Department of the Cumberland; BREVET BRIGADIER GENERAL E. OPDYKE, Commanding Brigade,
Fourth Corps; BREVET COLONEL W. H. GREENWOOD, Assistant Inspector Gen
cral, Fourth Corps; LIEUTENANT COLONEL W.L. FOULKE, Forty-sixth Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry; CAPTAIN R. H. Litson, Twenty-second Indiana Volunteer In
On motion, the following preamble and resolutions were then adopted :
WHEREAS, Many of the soldiers of the Army of the Cumberland
are about to abandon the profession of arms, and again mingle in the peaceful pursuits of home
Resolved, That, in parting with each other, we do so with mingled feelings of sorrow, sadness, and pride-sorrow, because friends, bound together by ties formed on many battle fields, must part; sadness, at turning our backs upon the thousand fresh-made graves of our brave comrades; and pride, because it has been our good fortune to be numbered among the members of the Army of the Cumberland, and have each done his part in proving to the world that republics have the ability to maintain and perpetuate themselves.
Resolved, That in parting, we do, as we bave many times done in the face of the enemy, renew our pledges of unending fidelity to each other; and that, in wbatever position in life we may happen to be, we will never permit our affections to be estranged from those who continue to fight our battles, but that we will sustain and defend them at all times and in all proper places.
Resolved, that the following named persons, and none others, are authorized to wear the badge of the Army of the Cumberland :
I. All soldiers of that army now in service and in good standing;
II. All soldiers who formerly belonged to that army, and have received honorable discharges from the same.
Resolved, That any soldier of the Army of the Cumberland, who is now entitled to wear the badge of the army, who may hereafter be dishonorably dismissed the service, shall, by such discharge, forfeit the right to wear said badge.
Resolved, That we exhort all members of the Army of the Cumberland to discountenance any attempt on the part of any unauthorized persons to arrogate to themselves honor to which they are not entitled, by wearing our badge.
The badge committee then invited all to send in designs, and announced that the committee would be open to receive until 9 A. M. Wednesday, June 14.
The badge described in the accompanying specifications, having, since that date, been selected by the committee, the same is adopted, and is hereby announced as the badge of the Army of the Cumberland
By COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL THOMAS.
WILLIAM D. WHIPPLE, Brigadier General and Assistant Adjutant General.
SPECIFICATIONS FOR BADGE OF THE ARMY OF THE
I, Star-Five-pointed. Suspended, point upward. Frosted, gold
or silver, with polished edge one twenty-fourth of an inch wide.
Points of Star blunt or very slightly rounded. Radius of Circle of outer points nine-tenths of an inch, of inner
points four and a half tenths of an inch. 2. Triangle-In center of Star, point upward. Frosted, gold or
silver, with polished edge one twenty-fourth of an inch wide, elevated above Star one thirty-second of an inch, or engraved, if wearer chooses. Triangle of such size as to
leave space around it in frosted part of the Star. 3. Acorn-In center of Triangle, polished, gold or silver, with
frosted cap and polished stem, in atto relievo, or engraved. Acorn of such size, as to leave space around it in frosted part of Triangle. Enameled natural color, if the wearer
chooses. 4. Ribbon-Silk, Red, White, and Blue, three-quarters of an inch
wide, one and one-fourth inches long. 5. Pin--Concave, oval, five-tenths of an inch long, two and a half
tenths of an inch wide. Frosted, gold or silver, with polished edge raised. Laurel wreath surrounding oval, which is supported at both sides by pillars. Oval to be one-sixteenth of an inch above wreath, with “ Army of the Cumberland” engraved therein. Entire oval between pillars, seven and a half tenths of an inch long.