“I’ve crafted a lot of custom woodwork projects over the years, but this is the first one to go to a museum” said Kevin Miller as he proudly presented a hand made keepsake to Bates County Museum Curator Peggy Buhr last week.
It was designed as a memorial for the ceremony held in March of 2021 for Bates County’s only Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, SGT Freeman Davis and was presented to the Bates County Historical Society on behalf of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), Westport Camp#64.
The beautiful work of art was made from solid walnut and contains the flag that was presented by the Missouri National Guard, shell casings from the 21 gun salute, biography (written by Peggy Buhr), proclamation signed by the Mayor of Butler, SUVCW medal and challenge coin (front & back), and a plaque with the MOH citation description. The light blue background is the color of the trousers worn by Union soldiers. It will proudly be placed on display at the museum.