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Object Name Holster
Catalog Number 0985.13.00979a
Date c. 1863
Description Holster: brown leather, with flap and single lead closure finial.
Dimensions L-13 inches
Owned J. G. Wiltshire
Owner Regiment Mosby's command Virginia Cavalry
Provenance Holster for a Colt hand gun used by Lt. J.G. Wiltshire, Mosby's command. According to donor history: "This pistol fired the last shot delivered at the foe by the Army of Northern Virginia. At noon on April 11, 1865, two days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, two companies of Mosby's command, as yet unaware of the surrender, were attacked on the field of Bull Run by the Eighth Illinois regiment of cavalry. A running fight ensued, the Confederates retreating. They reached the swollen stream of Bull Run, and all but three men, Howard Kerfoot, Lt. Wiltshire, and Lt. Frank Carter, had crossed. Just before plunging in Lts' Carter and Wiltshire turned and delivered shots at the enemy. After this there was no more fighting in the Army of Northern Virginia, for that evening Mosby's command learned of Lee's surrender."
People Wiltshire, James G.
Subjects surrenders