Comitia Americana Medals -- John Stewart
Like Anthony Wayne and Francois Louis Teissedre de Fleury, John Stewart’s actions at the 1979 Assault on Stony Point earned him the honor of a Congressional medal. Stewart held command of the left advancing party, whose path included extremely difficult terrain, most notably the virtually vertical ascent toward the fort. While Stewart was already a household name in the Continental Army for his heroic actions under the command of General Sullivan and at the Assault on Staten Island, his extreme courage in the fact of battle and ability to execute orders without falter earned him his medal and Congressional accolades.
- Description (Brief)
- One (1) John Stewart at Stony Point medal, (Comitia Americana)
- United States (France), 1789
- Obverse Image: Stewart, standing left, steps forward to receive a palm branch from America, represented as a crowned, semi-nude Indian woman, she has an alligator tied beside her and grips the striped shield of America.
- Obverse Text: JOANNI / STEWART / COHORTIS / PRAEFECTO / GATTEAUX / COMITIA / AMERICANA
- Reverse Image: Stewart charge, sword drawn, at the fortifications against the British troops who raise their arms in surrender; behind Stewart is a row of American soldiers and their standards.
- Reverse Text: STONEY - POINT / OPPUGNATUM / XV / JUL / MDCCLXXIX / GATTEAUX
- General Information: Lead "splasher" (proof) for obverse die of the only American Revolution medal issue never restruck. Engraved by Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux.
- Currently not on view
- Date made
- obverse engraver
- Gatteaux, Nicholas Marie
- French Mint
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center