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Congressional mourning ribbon for Abraham Lincoln and related letter [Decimalized .01-.03]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01423 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Various Date: 15 April 1865 - 29 July 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Accompanied by a letter of K.G. Ordway, the ribbon's designer and Sergeant at Arms of the House, to Orlando Kellogg, enclosing the ribbon and explaining that it was designed for members of Congress and how to wear it. Also accompanied by a signed card of George T. Brown, Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, permitting Kellogg and family.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

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

Sub Era: The American Civil War