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Object Name LEGGING
Catalog Number 0985.12.00017a-b
Date post-1859
Description Leggings: Pair of waterproof, vulcanized rubber leggings. Leggings come to above the knee and have waistbelt and instep strap of same material. Stamped: "2/Union Co.'s/Vulcanized" and "Union India Rubber Company New York/Goodyear's Patent/Dec. 28th 1859". The right legging has the waistbelt threaded through the eyelet.
Dimensions L-30 inches
Owned Bradfute Warwick
Owner Regiment Gen. Wise's Staff
4th Texas Infantry
Made Union India Rubber Company, New York City, New York, USA
Event Battle of Gaines' Mill / First Cold Harbor
Provenance Lt. Col. Bradfute Warwick wore this pair of leggings (chaps) during the Civil War. Warwick was mortally wounded during the Battle at Gaines' Mill on June 27, 1862.

Goodyear advertisements from the 1850s listed "vulcanized rubber leggings," so these were manufactured, not made in the field. This is also suppoted by the stamp on the interior, which indicates they were made by the Union India Rubber Company of New York, with Goodyear's patent of December 28, 1859
People Warwick, Bradfute
Search Terms Battle of Gaines' Mill / First Cold Harbor
Seven Days Battles
Peninsula Campaign
Subjects Clothing & dress
Protective clothing
Rubber
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries
Dead persons
soldiers