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Object Name Telescope
Catalog Number 0985.13.00378
Description Telescope: Monocular optic device of brass covered in mahogany veneer. Engraved on a brass mount is: "W.J. Brown, C.S.A. / Jackson, Miss / U.S. Navy (R) 13409". No case.
Material metal/wood/glass
Dimensions W-1.75 L-9.75 inches
Owned William J. Brown / Joseph E. Johnston
Provenance Used by General Joseph E. Johnston during the Civil War.

The subsequent owner, William Jasper Brown, loaned the spyglass to the Navy Department during World War I for use in the "Eyes for the Navy" program. A certificate of thanks was signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

There was a shortage of optic devices during WWI due to the main manufacturers being based in Germany and France, so supplies were cut off at the outbreak of war. Field glasses were needed so that field commanders could see onto the field, into trenches, and to scan for submarines. The "Eyes for the Navy" campaign asked U.S. citizens to donate their binoculars, telescopes and spy-glasses. Willing donors were asked to send their binoculars, spyglasses, and other useful navigational equipment to the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C.
People Johnston, Joseph Eggleston
Search Terms WWI
Subjects Optical devices
World War I