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Object Name Medal, Prize
Catalog Number 0985.07.00232
Description Yellow metal badge in frame with certificate. Medal consists of three parts: rectangular bar clasp with pin on reverse egraved "LAMAR FONTAINE"; five-point star suspended from bar with cable link chain engraved "BEST SHOT / 1861 1865"; crescent suspended from star with points up engraved "Army of Northern Va / CSA"; black wooden frame with glass; backing board is mounted albumen print of the unveling of the Lee monument cut to fit frame; written in pencil: "To Mrs. Cary / Mississippi room" and "Not authentic history / Rejected by C.M.L.S.".
Dimensions H-11.75 W-9.25 inches
Owned Lamar Fontaine
Provenance Badge worn by Lamar Fontaine continuously from July 1, 1861 until 1907.

Framed document accompanying badge, in Fontaine's own hand: "It is my desire that this medal which I here present to the Confederate Museum of Richmond Virginia be placed in the Mississippi Room of the Confederate White House in a conspicuous place with this statement accompanying - to be read by coming generations as an example of the prowess of one Confederate sharpshooter, when the "targets" were living men - and not inanimate objects. This badge was worn by me continuously from July 1st 1861 until this presentation. Legend: First won in company target practice, at 'Camp Walker' on the plains of Manassas, July 1st, 1861. Then at Battalion Shoot, then at Regimental, Brigade, Division, Corps, and Army shoot, July 1861. Targets 4 inches in diameter. Distances 100, 200, 300, and 400 yards. Position Standing off hand. My gun, a Mississippi Rifle. Score Perfect.
"At Hatchers (?) Bridge, Rappahannock River, August 1862, with a Whitworth rifle, Sharpe's patent breech. Distance 600 to 800 yards. Targets Living Men. Score 60 men. Time inside of sixty minutes.
"At Petersburg March 1865 with same rifle. Telescope sights. Distance 1000 to 1200 yards. Targets living men. Score 40 men. Time one hour. the same gun was used by me from 1862 to the end, in nearly 200 engagements.
"Very respectfully, Lamar Fontaine, C.E. and Ph.D., Lyon, Coahoma Co., Miss.
"To the Ladies Confederate Memorial Association, Richmond, Va., June 10th, 1907."
People Fontaine, Lamar
Subjects Sharpshooting