DATE JULY 4TH, 1865, WHILE OTHER SOLDIERS ARE STILL SERVING
In what is believed to be one of, if not the earliest ribbons for Civil War veterans, this ribbon was produced by the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts for their returning volunteers on July 4th, 1865. It will be a few years yet to come before the Grand Army of the Republic is formed and reunions for them and other regimental organizations get rolling, yet here in the City of Lawrence welcomes her volunteers while many others are still service, some dying in bring the Rebellion to a close.
State volunteers still serve throughout the south; some other Mass men are yet to return from the frontier. The U.S. Army will not full have replaced all the volunteer units until the later part of 1866.
“DEEDS, NOT WORDS, Won Us The Victory…Returned VOLUNTEERS, LAWRENCE, JULY 4TH, 1865.” Blue lettering, red transfer for the Seal of the City of Lawrence on white silk. The ribbon appears to have been trimmed over its life, measuring 3 x 7 inches approximately. Tape residue from having been mounted in an album of some kind comes through at the top portion of the ribbon, otherwise typical wear with light soiling and wrinkles.
I can’t imagine finding one earlier.