August 2014 Artifact of the Month

Accession Number: 0985.13.00580 

Object: Shirt

History: This shirt was worn by Confederate assistant surgeon Edwin G. Booth while treating the wounded after the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. He was assigned to the CSS Selma in the Confederate Navy's Mobile Squadron, and was on that vessel during the battle – which was the largest naval engagement of the American Civil War, and the largest worldwide until the outbreak of World War II. Following the Selma’s capture later that evening, Booth was captured and made prisoner after the battle. He was paroled on May 10, 1865, and died in 1922.

The wool flannel fabric is printed crossed Confederate Second National pattern flags. It is believed to have been made in France and/or England during the war, and came through the blockade. The Museum’s collections contain five other artifacts featuring this fabric in various colors (white, gray, and maroon).

This item is currently on exhibit in “Knickknackery: Curiosities from the Museum's Vaults” in Richmond.


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