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Civil War Ribbon

Object Number: 
INV.3057
Date: 
ca. 1861
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 1 7/8 in. ( 10.2 x 4.8 cm )
Inscriptions: 
The ribbon reads as follows, "Aid to Grand Marshal on [picture of American Flag] reception by the people of Brooklyn of Colonel A.M. Wood and his fellow prisoners of war 14th Reg't"
Description: 
White silk ribbon with scalloped edging printed in red and blue; depicts American flag with dates above and below: "1776/1861".
Gallery Label: 
This ribbon was awarded by the city of Brooklyn to Colonel Alfred M. Wood of the 14th regiment upon his return to Brooklyn. Wood was shot through the pelvis and taken prisoner by the Confederacy at the first battle at Bull Run on July, 21 1861 .In February of 1862 he was released from prison in Richmond to Fort Monroe along with General Corcoran . While in Richmond, Wood was present during the inauguration of Jefferson Davis, an event he claimed was relatively tranquil and that "no enthusiasm was manifested on the occasion, hardly a cheer being raised." He then made his way back to New York via Baltimore then Philadelphia. As reported in The Brooklyn Eagle, he arrived in New York on March 3rd and was greeted with "the most tumultuous applause" that "hustled him about so as almost to disable him…[and] were almost as serious in their effects as the wounds sustained on the field of Bull Run." On October 20, 1863 he was nominated for the position of mayor of Brooklyn, an election he won the following month on November 2. However, shortly after winning the election Wood's eligibility for candidacy would be called into question by his opponents, citing a stipulation that the mayor must have lived in Brooklyn for five years prior to election . Wood was of course at war during the period of time in question, an argument that eventually prevailed, as his mayoral status was never revoked. Wood's problems as mayor would continue throughout his term, with the public disapproving many of his policies, the most prominent being a steep increase in taxes so as to bolster the police force and pave a number of roads in Brooklyn. However, one action that did receive positive feedback from the public was a proposal to amend the conscription bill at the time so as to recognize and consider the difference between single men and those with families when drafting soldiers for the war. He served as mayor until 1865 and was succeed by Samuel Rooth. Wood died in 1895 and is buried in the Green-Wood Cemetery.
Bibliography: 
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 17, 1861. pg. 3 Stiles, Henry. A History of the City of Brooklyn, Vol. 2. Published by Subscription: Brooklyn, NY. 1869. 455-458 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 24, 1862. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 4, 1862. pg. 2 Stiles. 455-458 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 10, 1863. pg. 2 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 13, 1863. pg. 2 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 10/14, 1865. pg. 2 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 2/24, pg. 7/2
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group