South Carolina Palmetto Medal for the
Mexican War to
noted Southern Journalist and later Confederate Colonel.
The Volunteer and Regular Army troops returned from
The South Carolina State Medal, or Palmetto Medal, is a well struck table
medal given in silver to enlisted men and NCO’s and in gold to officer’s. In the
event of death it was presented to the next of kin. Named on the reverse, the
NCO and officer medals give the rank whereas awards to Privates simple state the
name. Authorized by the SC General Assembly in 1848 the Palmetto Medal was
engraved by William J. Keenan and struck by the
This fine cased NCO's medal is
named to Sergeant Carey W. Styles. Styles served with Co. D, called the
"Old 96 Boys", of Edgefield District, under Capt. Preston S. Brooks.
During the American Civil War he served as a Captain with the 2nd Georgia Infantry and was Colonel of hte 26th Regment of Georgia Infantry.
A webpage on noted Southern newspaperman notes the following: Carey Wentworth Styles, journalist, was born October 7, 1825, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and died February 25, 1897, in Stephenville, Texas. He founded and owned the Albany, Georgia, Albany News (ca. 1866-1876), founded and was part owner of the Atlanta Constitution (1868), was elected a Georgia state senator from the 10th District (1872), edited the Atlanta, Georgia Daily Commonwealth (1876; failed), published the Atlanta Telegram (failed), the Gainesville Eagle (failed), and the Brunswick Seaport Appeal (failed). In 1881, he moved to Texas where he edited the Weatherford Constitution. lived there until his death.