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Indian Wars Service Medal
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Indian Wars Service Medal

Catalog #: 35077    Accession #: 87861
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History


Francis Millet (Designer)

Francis D. Millet designed the Indian War Service Medal which was struck by the Philadelphia Mint.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 2.75" H x 1.3" W

Physical Description

Red ribbon with 2 black strips supporting bronze medallion. The medallion features a mounted Indian holding a spear and the words “Indian War” on the obverse. On the reverse is an eagle on a cannon supported by five standards representing the five great wars up to 1905.

Specific History

Awarded to Lieutenant General Nelson Miles.

General History

Nelson Miles was an often controversial and larger than life player in the Army's campaigns against the tribes of the Great Plains. After Custer's defeat at Little Big Horn, he forced the Lakota onto reservations. Miles was instrumental in the capture of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. Miles refused to use Apache scouts in trying to capture Geronimo, a decision that cost him men, money, and miles.


Country: United States
States: North Dakota, South Dakota
War: Indian Resistance
Service: Army
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