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Object Name Satchel
Catalog Number 0985.12.00015a
Date 1864
Description This is a very worn and dirty leather case with a stiff frame side and slouch pocket side. It has a brass escutheon and turn keys and was originally double handled but one has completely rotted away. The inner liner is fabric. The added brass plate reads: "This satchel brought Confederate Seal from England--Presented to the Confederate Museum by Capt. R.T. Chapman C.S.A. Navy Wharton Texas Oct. 1901." Contains box (.15b).
Dimensions H-12.5 W-16 L-5 inches
Owned Robert T. Chapman ; Judah P. Benjamin ; Campbell
Provenance This satchel was used by Robert T. Chapman to bring the Great Seal of the Confederacy from the Wyon Company in England to Judah Benjamin in Richmond. Chapman had the satchel made in London in 1864, putting into it many pounds of lead to insure its sinking rather than capture by the Federals. The Seal and Chapman arrived safely in Wilmington, N.C., but Chapman was taken ill and ordered a lieutenant Campbell to carry the Seal to Benjamin. The original satchel was left with Chapman and he retained it until donating it to the Museum.
People Chapman, Robert T.
Benjamin, Judah P.
Search Terms Jewish
Richmond, Virginia
Subjects Blockade running
Hidden property