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Object Name Jacket, Shell
Catalog Number 0985.13.00071
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
Provenance 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.
People Minor, Robert Dabney
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Battle of Hampton Roads
items struck by bullets
Subjects Uniforms
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries