Army of Northern Virginia Veterans Badge The Army of Northern Virginia was the force commanded in the field by Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War battling with the Union Army of the Potomac throughout Virginia and the Battle of Gettysburg. In November of 1870 former Confederate General Bradley T. Johnson of Maryland and several former Confederate officers met in Richmond, Virginia to form the Benevolent Association of the Army of Northern Virginia. They elected former Confederate General Jubal Early as the organization's President. It is unclear how many ANV reunions were held however the Louisiana Division held its 18th Reunion in 1893. The members wore an enameled badge featuring a Confederate Battle flag on a ring suspension. The ANV badge is usually encountered with a blank reverse but engraved examples have been found. Suspended from a large fixed ring, it is seen with numerous suspensions including a ribbon, as a medal on a drape, and as a watch fob. I have seen examples emblazoned with just the A.N.V. as well as LA for the Louisiana Division of the ANV, and a Maryland variation.