Designed by Anthony C. Paquet, the medals were manufactured in silver by Tiffany in New York. They were not popular with the majority of the regular army or in political circles at large. In fact, President Lincoln actually contacted Butler directly, to cease their creation, and following Butler's removal from command, U.S. Colored Troops were "forbidden to display (the medals) on their uniforms."
U.S. Colored Troops medal, 1864, Agnes Kane Callum Collection, Maryland State Archives (MSA SC 1090).
Photographs of the medal are part of the Agnes Kane Callum Collection at the Maryland State Archives (MSA SC 1090). The medal was in the possession of an acquaintance of Ms. Callum's whose ancestor, a Gilbert Harris, SGT, USCT, 2nd Cavalry, Company F, had been awarded it. The Latin verse reads: "Ferro Iis Libertas Perveniet". It may be translated perhaps as, "Liberty came to them by the sword."
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