WONDERFUL MINT CONDITION MULTI-COLOR GETTYSBURG REUNION RIBBON FOR THE 90th PA VOLUNTEERS, 1888

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This ribbon is in stellar condition and seems never to have been mounted on a pin back bar for wear. The Guinness maker’s stamp is still visible upside down across the top edge, which would have been folded and stitched on the back of the top suspension bar if issued. A band of white stars on a blue band, “Survivors Association 90th PV” in blue, brown and blue lettering has yellow bands through and across the lettering, with picks up the yellow rays of sun blazing upward from behind and eagle perched on a red, white and blue shield with an angled stars and stripes flag behind it and dark clouds in the background symbolizing the sun breaking through after a storm. In two curving lines at the bottom the dates 1863 and 1888 in blue, flank “July 1st” in yellow, all above “Gettysburg” in arched lettering that swells in the middle. The shield on which the eagle is perched has Greek key design along the upper white band. The red shield contains the insignia under which the regiment served: the white circle of the 2nd Division 1st Corps and the blue Maltese cross of the 3rd Division 5th Corps.

The regiment served from September 1861 through November 1864, when it was consolidated with the 11th PA. It lost 5 officers and 98 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded battles such as Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Petersburg, and the Weldon Railroad. At Gettysburg they held the right of the First Corps line, losing 94 men out of 208 engaged and earning their major a Medal of Honor.

The regiment has three monuments at Gettysburg. This ribbon would have been made for the dedication of their eagle monument in Ziegler’s Grove, which was erected by the “Survivors Association” and features the same combination of corps badges shown on the ribbon, and the motto: “Buck & Ball Calibre .69” after the ammunition with which they fought the battle. Their monuments on the right of the First Corps line and on Cemetery Ridge are also well worth visiting. [SR]

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