Re: Civilians hat's ribbons
I found this on Clearwater Hats website. Hope it helps:
"All of our Civil War styles have grosgrain (pronounced grow-grain) ribbon sewn on the brim. The sewing machine that enabled the ribbon to be sewn on the brim in this fashion became popular among hatters in the 1850's. As competition grew, more of the hats produced just before and to a lesser extent during the Civil War had this option. Grosgrain ribbon had been around hat brims for a long time. However, the sewing machine made adding ribbon to the brim much faster and less expensive than hand work."
5th Texas Co. E
"High Ho, de boatman row. Floatin' down de ribber, de Ohio"