1905 REUNION RIBBON FOR THE 126th NEW YORK

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A very good condition ribbon for the 126th NY in blue silk with white lettering and a prominent red Second Corps badge on a white circle in the middle flanked by “A.P.” (Army of the Potomac.) The top bar has an elaborate stamped border with floral edges and a spread-winged eagle at top, framing a celluloid printed label reading “Souvenir.” The ribbon reads “1862 1865 Welcome 126th N.Y. Vol.” and “Canandaigua, N.Y. Aug. 22, 1905.” Gold bullion fringe is in place at the bottom. There are some minor losses to the white ink of the lettering on the upper half of the badge, but the letters are legible and the colors are vibrant.

The regiment served from August 1862 to June 1865, and was in the Second Army Corps from June 1863 to the end of the war. They lost 16 officers and 137 men killed or mortally wounded during their service. This regiment, recruited in the counties of Ontario, Seneca and Yates, and saw its first fighting during the siege of Harper's Ferry, where it lost 16 killed and 42 wounded and was surrendered with the rest of the garrison on Sept. 15.  The men were paroled and spent two months in camp at  Chicago, Ill. They returned to the army in June 1863, joining Willard’s Brigade of Hays’ 3rd Division of the 2nd Corps just in time for Gettysburg. Willard was killed there, as was Col. Sherrill, who succeeded him. The regiment lost 40 killed and 181 wounded on the field, being heavily engaged in repulsing Pickett’s Charge and capturing five enemy flags in the process. They heard no more taunts for the Harpers Ferry fiasco after that and they continued to add to their battle honors for the rest of the war, fighting at Bristow Station, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Totopotomy, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, the Weldon Railroad and many other engagements, including Farmville and Appomattox, many of the latter engagements as part of the First Division, Second Army Corps, which explains the red trefoil badge.  [sr]

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