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Object Name Moccasin
Catalog Number 0985.07.00153c
Description One moccasin consisting of a white leather (believed deerskin) upper and sole; lined with white cotton; blue (believed silk) and lavender stitched trim on the cuff; lavender and yellow stitched trim around the toe; and floral designs embroidered with a flower and leaves stitched in yellow, white, purple and green thread. Three holes punched on each side of the ankle opening, but no laces or other method of closure. The sole is soft and brought up and attached to the upper with a puckered seam.
Dimensions H-3.1 W-4.5 L-7 inches
Owned Jefferson Davis; unidentified Native American chief
Event Battle of Honey Springs / Elk Creek
Provenance Moccasins that were part of trappings of an Indian Chief sent to Jefferson Davis when he was President of the Confederacy. "This chief took part in the only Indian fight in the Confederacy" -- believed the Battle of Honey Springs / Elk Creek.

"Trappings of an Indian Chief, who fought with the Federal Army. Killed in battle."

"The trappings of an Indian Chief who with his band took part with the Federals in the war between the States. The chief showed great gallantry in action and was killed in battle. His trappings were sent to Mr. Davis when he was President of the Confederacy. This was the only Indian fight in the Confederacy."

An identification card describing the Davis Family Effects, Box 13 states that is was from an "Indian Chief who with his band took part against the Federals in War Between the States."
People Davis, Jefferson
unidentified Native American chief [unidentified Indian chief]
Search Terms Battle of Honey Springs / Elk Creek
Subjects Casualties, War
Dead persons
footwear
Indians of North America
Indigenous peoples
Native Americans
Native peoples
shoes
soldiers
War casualties