Ulysses S. Grant Campaign Medal

Description (Brief)
This presidential campaign medal was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company around 1868. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and campaign medals. Grant issued the reverse quote during the Overland Campaign of the Civil War.
Obverse: Bust of Grant facing forward. Legend: GENERAL U.S. GRANT 1868.
Reverse: Two branches and four stars. Legend: I PROPOSE TO FIGHT IT OUT ON THIS LINE IF IT TAKES ALL SUMMER.
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
Grant, Ulysses S.
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 2.8 cm; 1 1/8 in
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related event
Presidential Campaign of 1868
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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