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Object Name Epaulet
Catalog Number 0985.13.00068b
Description Epaulet: One of a pair of epaulets (.13.68a-b) consisting of gold thread fringe on brass crescents with raised wool and thread circular insignia "7." An eagle "A" button is on each epaulet. With storage box (.68c).
Owned Robert Selden Garnett
Owner Regiment Commander, Northwestern Virginia forces
Made Horstmann and Allien, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Event Battle of Corrick's Ford
Provenance Brigadier General Robert Selden Garnett wore this pair of epaulets. It is believed he wore these when he served in the 7th U.S. Infantry from 1848-1855. He was the first general of either side to die in the war. Appointed to Brigadier General of the Provisional Army on June 6, 1861, Garnett went to Staunton to take command of northwestern Virginia forces. He put together about 6,000 men to fortify Rich Mountain and Laurel Hill. Fifteen thousand Union soldiers under McClellan and Rosecrans forced Garnett to evacuate both positions on July 11-12, 1861. Garnett deployed his rear guard at Corrick's Ford on the Cheat River on July 13 to slow down the Union forces which had caught up with his troops. He was mortally wounded in placing a skirmish line. He was the first general officer killed in the Civil War. Union soldiers captured his body but released it to his family in New York.
People Garnett, Robert Selden
Search Terms Battle of Rich Mountain
Battle of Laurel Hill
Battle of Corrick's Ford
Battle of Philippi
Subjects uniforms
Insignia
dead persons
death
Casualties, War
War casualties