|Object Name||Jacket, Shell|
|Description||Double breasted, 9 buttons in each row, navy blue wool flannel with no facings or piping, no lining in body, white cotton sheeting lining in sleeves; gold braid Confederate naval master's insignia on cuffs, small Federal Eagle A buttons with backmark: "HORSTMANN/NEW YORK." Associated with vest (0985.13.573).|
|Dimensions||H-23 W-15.5 inches|
|Owned||Robert Dabney Minor|
|Owner Regiment||CSS Virginia / USS Merrimac|
|Event||Battle of Hampton Roads|
Minor wore the blue jacket and vest [0985.13.573] while serving as a flag lieutenant of the CSS Virginia (Merrimac) at the battle of Hampton Roads, Virginia, March 8, 1862. He was wearing the jacket when he was wounded by small arms fire while preparing to accept the surrender of the USS Congress.
Note accompanying jacket: "Struck here by a fragment of shell from the USS Cumberland"
"The snag on the left breast is evidence of a wound caused by the explosion of a shell from the Cumberland. The dark garments were loaned in battle being less conspicuous than the Confederate gray." - donor letter.
Minor, Robert Dabney
Confederate States Navy
Battle of Hampton Roads
items struck by bullets
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries