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1st Minnesota 1896 reunion ribbon

1st Minnesota 1896 reunion ribbon

After the war, it was common for former soldiers to hold reunions. These were opportunities to meet up with old friends, reminisce about the war, and remember the fallen. Reunions were mostly separated into Union and Confederate groups, although some "Blue and Gray" events did take place to celebrate reconciliation. The first Civil War reunion was in Indiana in 1866, and the last was in Virginia in 1951. Three surviving veterans attended in 1951. In September 1896, the 30th National GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Encampment took place in St. Paul. A few months before, at the reunion of the First Minnesota in Winona, the younger brother of deceased soldier Charley Goddard wore this ribbon.