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Object Name Vest
Catalog Number 0985.05.00071
Description Civilian vest of black velvet with shawl collar; back panel of brown silesia, cinch belt without buckle; inner lining of white silisia; 5 button front; small fabric covered buttons, three pockets.
Owned M. Page Lapham
Owner Regiment 2nd Co., Washington Artillery of New Orleans
Made James Voss
Event Battle of Drewry's Bluff / Fort Darling
Provenance This is one of two civilian vests worn by Private M. Page Lapham, of the 2nd Company of the Washington Artillery. According to donor information, Lapham's mother had the vests made by Col. James Voss, a tailor in Danville, Virginia, out of material from the breadth of two of her dresses. Lapham was killed in action at the Battle of Drewry's Bluff. Four months after Private Lapham's death, Captain John B. Richardson found the two vests in camp and returned them to Mrs. Lapham with a letter. The letter from Captain Richardson, along with a permission for a five-day leave, is located in the Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library.
People Lapham, M. Page
Voss, James
Richardson, John B.
Lapham, Mrs.
Search Terms items made from women's clothing
Battle of Drewry's Bluff / Fort Darling
Subjects civilians
Casualties, War
Dead persons
War casualties