This medal is a membership medal from the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. This is a civic, and patriotic organization of women who are all directly descended from a Union Civil War veteran.
My particular medal most likely dates to the early post-WW2 era, based on the older, copper colored bronze used in the medal and top hanger. I picked this up at a yard sale, years ago, so I don't know much about it.
The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 was formed on June 3, 1885. The organization was originally called The National Alliance of Daughters of Veterans of the United States of America. It was officially endorsed by the G.A.R (see my previous blog post) in 1900.
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The organization changed its name to "Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865" in 1944. In 1985 they were granted a Federal Charter by public law.
Here is a link to the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 website, where you can learn more about them.
Basically the D.U.V.C.W. has the mission of preserving history, Civil War Battlefields, participating in the celebration of national holidays, preserving patriotism, granting scholarships and maintaining a free Civil War Museum.
Here is a comparison photo of my D.U.V.C.W. medal up against a US $2.00 bill to give a good idea of the size. The medal is a bit on the small size as medal go, but is very nicely detailed.
The "FCL", on the top hanger stands for "Fraternity, Charity, Loyalty".
Now let's take a look at the album.