A Tiffany punch bowl in honor of Bailey's heroics

Civil War Silver

In honor of his resourcefulness during the 1864 Red River Campaign, Wisconsin Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Bailey received this lavish silver punch bowl from his fellow Union officers. Bailey, a lumberman and engineer, used his experience in the northern pineries to implement a plan to raise the level of the water in the Red River that had stranded the Union fleet in enemy territory. Hastily constructed in under two weeks, the dams that Bailey proposed saved the Union ships from a far greater loss.

Related Topics: Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
The Iron Brigade, Old Abe and Military Affairs
Creator: Tiffany and Co.
Pub Data: Wisconsin Historical Museum. (Museum object #1965.228.1,A)
Citation: "Civil War Silver." Wisconsin Historical Museum. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1329; Visited on: 6/22/2018