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Object Name SHAWL
Catalog Number 0985.13.00355
Description The shawl is light red silk plain weave with a seven-inch silk netting and fringe edging. The hem is an eighth inch wide and hand-sewn. The shawl is very good condition though showing evidence of fading.
Material silk
Dimensions W-60 L-60 inches
Owned Mary Carter Harrison
Provenance Mrs. Mary Carter Harrison wore this silk shawl at one of the last balls given at Arlington House by Robert E. and Mary Lee before the outbreak of war.

"This shawl was worn by Mary Carter Harrison, guest at a party given by the Robert E. Lee's when they resided at Arlington Mansion. Mrs. Harrison, then a young lady of 18, when returning from the hall said, 'Put the shawl and comb away and keep them. I have seen and heard history in the making.' This was just before Gen. Lee (then Col. Lee in U.S.) resigned from the U.S. Army and joined the C.S. ranks."
People Harrison, Mary Carter
Lee, Robert E.
Lee, Mary Anna Randolph Custis [Mrs. Robert E.]
Custis, Mary Anna Randolph
Search Terms Arlington House
Subjects women