Rhode Island Cavalry Annual Reunion Ribbons And Badge -
Yellow ribbon measures approximately 6 3/8 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide with black printing on face. "ANNUAL REUNION FIRST R.I. Cavalry" with image of mounted rider. Beneath the rider "Veteran Association Wednesday, August, August 9, 1916 at FRANKLIN, MASS."
Cream ribbon measures approximately 6 1/4 inches long and 2 5/8 inches wide with black printing on the face. "RE-UNION" printed above a mounted rider, "1st N. H. CAVALRY ASSOCIATION 1881."
Badge consists of four bars. The reverse of the badge still has the pin. The center of the top most bar is stamped “CO.M.” Suspended by one chain link at each end is another similar bar that bears the number “1.” The third bar is also suspended like the one above it but is stamped “N.H..” The last bar is also suspended and is stamped, "VET. CAV." Ribbons and badge are in very good condition.
The 1st Regiment, Rhode Island Cavalry was badly routed at the Battle of Middleburg, a blemish on an otherwise competent combat record. During the war, the regiment lost 1 officer and 16 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded, and 2 officers and 77 enlisted men to disease. Hundreds more were wounded or captured. A total of 2,124 different men served in the regiment at various times, although its field strength normally was less than 500 effectives.
Inventory Number: VET 024