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Object Name PANTS
Catalog Number 0985.03.00037
Description Woven from cow's hair with a brown and white checked cotton waistband. The pants have white four-hole bone buttons, a 32 inseam, and light blue cotton piping.
Material Cotton/Hair/Bone
Dimensions H-47 inches
Owned John Westley Lester
Owner Regiment 10th Georgia Infantry Battalion, Co. C
Made Amelia Barlow Lester [ Mrs. Alfred J. Lester ], Americus, Georgia, CSA
Provenance This pair of trousers was made from cow's hair by Amelia Barlow Lester [ Mrs. Alfred J. Lester ] of Americus, Georgia, during the Civil War. They belonged to her son, Sgt. John Westley Lester. Lester enlisted as 4th corporal in Company C, 10th Georgia Infantry Battalion at the age of 21 in March 1862. He was the only surviving child of his parents, and died of disease in a Richmond hospital in March 1863. Following his death, his remains and personal belongings (which may have included these pants), were shipped to his mother.
People Lester, John Westley
Lester, Amelia Barlow [Mrs. Alfred J.]
Barlow, Amelia
Search Terms ersatz
Subjects African Americans (tentative)
Casualties, War
Dead persons
Ill persons
Sick persons
Slavery (tentative)
Slaves (tentative)
War casualties