Ringgold Light Artillery Ribbon - Inventory Number: VET 317
Wonderful red silk ribbon with a folky firing cannon with detail. On April 15, 1861, Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to defend the Union after Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., was overrun by Confederate Army forces two days earlier.
The so-called First Defenders, Reading Light Artillery and units from the Lehigh Valley and Schuylkill County, immediately responded to Lincoln’s entreat.
It was named after Major Samuel Ringgold, who was the first U.S. soldier to be killed in the Mexican War1. The unit was armed with four six-pounder brass field pieces and caissons, with full equipment of artillerists, including sabres, and mustered over two hundred men12. The Ringgold Artillery was a versatile force that played a crucial role during the Civil War era and even after its disbandment, many of its members distinguished themselves through certain regiments of the U.S. army in many crucial battles of the Civil War.
Comes housed in 6 inch x 8 inch riker display case with black velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: VET 317