This medal, designed by Joseph Renier’s was commissioned by the Civil War Centennial Commission to pay homage on the centennial of four years of hostilities between North and South.
It depicts Confederate general Robert E. Lee, who surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, also shown here, at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, in 1865. The legends on the obverse are quotes from the two leaders: “Let Us Have Peace” became General Grant’s campaign slogan when he ran for president in 1868. At Appomattox, Lee released his officers and soldiers, bidding them return home with “a consciousness of duty faithfully performed.”
The reverse has the name and official seal of the Civil Was Centetennail Commission.
Metal: Solid Bronze
Weight: 4.5 ounces
Diameter: 63.5 mm (2½ inches)