Ribbon promoting Abraham Lincoln for president and Andrew Johnson for vice president, 1864. Printed silk. Sullivan-Fischer AL-60.
Center, a waving U.S. flag with pileus on pole; above, the legend, LINCOLN/ AND/ JOHNSON; below, the legend, GOD/ GRANT/ THEM/ VICTORY.
A classic from Lincoln's historic reelection campaign, "Grant" is thought to be a reference to Ulysses S. Grant, whose endorsement of Lincoln's reelection gave the campaign a needed boost, and also set aside rumors that the general, fresh from battlefield victories, might have designs on the presidential chair himself. This ribbon would likely have been worn by Union troops under his command, and is thought to have originated on the West Coast. Examples seldom appear on the market.