11th NEW JERSEY REUNION RIBBON SHOWING CAPT. HAND, WOUNDED AT GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 1054-385

This reunion ribbon has a two-piece badge backed by a blue silk ribbon with gilt lettering. The badge has top bar with a floral frame border colored in white and greenish-blue, which surrounds a printed label under celluloid reading “11th Reg’t N.J. Vols.” Suspended from this is a round celluloid mounted photo of a man and wife framed in brass floral mat that also shows some original green and white coloring. The lettering, visible on the ribbon below the badge, reads, “Annual Re-union Plainfield N.J. May 11, 1907 Guest of Capt. Wm. Hand and Wife.”

Hand enlisted and was mustered in as a private in Co. B of the 11th NJ on 8/11/62. He was promoted Sergeant 2/1/63 and First Sergeant 7/1/63; he was wounded at Gettysburg 7/2/63, and promoted 2nd Lieutenant 10/13/64. He was mustered out 6/6/65 and died in 1916.

The regiment served from August 1862 to June 1865, in the 3rd Corps Army of the Potomac from November 1862 to May 1864, and then in the 2nd Corps to the end of the war. They were a hard-fighting unit, losing 11 officers and 131 men killed in action or mortally wounded in 29 engagements, including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, and Petersburg. At Gettysburg they fought along the Emmitsburg Road on July 2, losing 31 killed, 109 wounded, and 12 missing (six of whom were presumed killed) out of 275 engaged.

The ribbon has some loss to the gilt lettering, but remaining colors are bright, as is the gold bullion fringe at the bottom of the ribbon.  [sr]

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