This medal was issued to officers and enlisted personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps who served in the naval service during the Civil War, between 15 April 1861 and 9 April 1865. (Special Orders No. 81 and 82 of 27 June 1908.)
Although no service stars were issued for the various engagements during the Civil War, a listing of the recognized campaigns is tallied in the Battle Streamer Section.
Source: 1948, 1953 U.S. Navy Awards Manual
21 June 1998