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Woman’s Relief Corps Iron Brigade Veteran’s Ribbon

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Item No. AR7987MF Category


Very nice ribbon for the 14th Annual Convention of the Woman’s Relief Corps held in Richmond, Indiana in May, 1897. This example features a celluloid of General Solomon Meredith of the famed “Iron Brigade”. In July of 1861, Meredith became colonel of the Nineteenth Indiana Infantry; he first saw action at Gainesville, Va., where he was wounded. He commanded his regiment at Antietam and was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers on 6 Oct. 1862. He commanded the “Iron Brigade,” which consisted of one Michigan, two Indiana, and three Wisconsin regiments, at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, where he was severely wounded. Early in 1864 he was put in command of the military post at Cairo, Ill., and later that year he became commander of the District of Western Kentucky at Paducah, serving in the latter position until the end of the war. On 14 Aug. 1865 he was brevetted major general of volunteers. Measure 4″ in length and an inch wide. Pin is present as well.

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