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Ordway, K.G. (fl. 1855-1865) [Congressional mourning ribbon]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01423.01 Author/Creator: Ordway, K.G. (fl. 1855-1865) Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: 20 July 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Black ribbon with gold trim and fringes. There is a white rosette sewn on to the top with a gold sequence star and two sequence stars on the black part of the ribbon directle below the rosette. The entire ribbon is covered in black transparent silk. Originally accompanied by a letter from K.G. Ordway, the ribbon's designer and an inauguration day admission card for March 4 1865.

People: Ordway, K.G., fl. 1855-1865.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Assassination Lincoln Assassination, President Death, Congress, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The American Civil War