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Evergreen City Guard Anniversary Medal

Evergreen City Guard ( Sheboygan Wisconsin) 50th Anniversary Veterans medal, bronze 35.5mm wide and 41.5mm tall on a red, white and blue ribbon with a plain bronze broach. Made by “SCHWAAB S&S MILWAUKEE” as marked on the back of the medal.

Obverse has an eagle on a US shield resting on crossed rifles which divide the dates 1869 1919. Below this is a circle with the following inscription “50TH ANNIVERSARY EVERGREEN CITY GUARD VETERAN CORPS AUG. 21, 1869”

It is interesting to note that the Evergreen City Cadets were organized as a unit on August 23, 1869 and recognized by the Governor as the Evergreen City Cadets Sept. 10, 1869. The Cadets voluntarily disbanded on June 10,1872. Then nearly two and a half years later on Nov. 4, 1874 the unit was reconstituted as the Evergreen City Guard which eventually became Company C of the 2nd Regiment of the Wisconsin National Guard. Technically their 50th anniversary would have been in 1924 but such technicalities didn’t stop the celebration or the issuance of this scarce historical medal in 1919.