The Fenton History Center is presently exhibiting Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) artifacts at the Ellington Farman Library. This small exhibit will run for the month of August.
The following are on display: G.A.R. badges inscribed with 1863 – 1913 “New York Gettysburg”; G.A.R. medals from 1897 – Buffalo; a G.A.R. ribbon from the 3rd reunion of the 9th New York (Jamestown) Cavalry’s 30th Anniversary on October 1st & 2nd, 1891; a pair of G.A.R. buttons from the 112th Regiment uniform. And last, but not least, a G.A.R. hatpin, similar to that shown on the photograph of Commander Martin V. Stone, pinned to the center of the hat.
Martin V. Stone was the Department Commander of the New York G.A.R James Brown Post. He was born in Frewsburg in 1845 and enlisted in the 112th New York Volunteer Regiment at 18 years of age. He became a minister after the Civil War and was active in the James Brown Post in Jamestown and the Cyrus Adams Post in Frewsburg, as well as the Chautauqua County Union Veterans.
The Fenton History Center Exhibition is showing in conjunction with the Leon Historical Society’s presentation of “Love Letters of a Union Soldier”, at the Ellington Library. Martin V. Stone’s G.A.R. hat with pin is on display at the Fenton Mansion.