88TH PENNSYLVANIA REUNION RIBBON

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Item Code: 1070-51

The top bar is made of stamped brass and is in the shape of a curtain or banner rod with the original pin on the reverse.

The ribbon itself is a half white ribbon over a sky blue ribbon with a chevron shaped border decorated with a white laurel wreath. Ribbon meas. approx. 2.50 x 7.75 inches. The upper white section has a 5th Corps badge Maltese cross inside of a circular 1st Corps badge done in blue ink. The lower blue section of the ribbon has gold lettering that reads “1861-1865 88TH REG’T PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS.” Suspended from the bottom of the ribbon is a bullion acorn and knot.

There is a rectangular discoloration at the center of the top part of the ribbon. This looks to have been done by a label or something that was touching the ribbon at one time but is now gone. The top bar is starting to come loose but overall the ribbon is solid.

The 88th Pennsylvania was organized in September of 1861. They served in the Army of the Potomac from October of 1861 to March of 1862 when they were shifted to the defenses of Washington and the Department of the Rappahannock. In June of 1862 they joined the 3rd Corps of the Army of the Potomac and in September of that same year joined the 1st Corps where they remained until that organization’s consolidation with the 5th Corps in early 1864.

The 88th saw action in 42 engagements to include 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg and Five Forks. The regiment suffered 181 deaths by battle, wounds and disease plus many others wounded but survived.     [ad]

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