George Freeth’s Gold Medal Up Close.
[Mystery solved! George Freeth was not presented with a Congressional Gold Medal after all; what he was instead presented with was a Gold Lifesaving Medal.
If you look at the original image in the newspaper, you can at least make out, “….STAT… OF AMERICA.” on the top, and on the bottom, “ACT OF CONGRESS JUNE 20, 187…” With that information, the Lifesaving Medal was easy to find.
This is not the best image, but it is still better than what can be found online or on the microfilms. If the newspapers were rescanned clearly, there are so many mysteries that could be answered!
Does anyone have any idea where this medal might be today? The reverse side should have George Freeth’s name inscribed with the date and description of his heroic rescue.]