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Object Name Case, Field Glasses
Catalog Number 0985.13.00595b
Description Field glasses case: brown leather. Appears to have once had a strap attached, which is now missing. Two strap loops on the back of case, one attached on the left side and the one on the right side detached (missing). Two strap loops on the bottom of case, one attached on the right side and the one on the left side detached (missing). Stitching holes on the front of case presumably where buckle (missing) would have been attached. Unlined. For field glasses (.595a).
Material Leather
Dimensions W-4.875 L-5.25 D-2.75 inches
Owned James Ewell Brown Stuart [J. E. B. Stuart]; Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow
Owner Regiment 4th Virginia Cavalry, Co. E; 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry; Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart's staff - scout and aide
Provenance Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart used these field glasses during the war and gave them to Capt. Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow.

Stringfellow rode with General J.E.B. Stuart at Seven Pines, Cold Harbor, and the raid at Catlett's Station. He established a spy network across Northern Virginia, through Alexandria, and into Washington, and supplied information to Stuart and Robert E. Lee. He posed as a dental student and dentist, as well as a woman, to gather information during the war. He was briefly captured and imprisonoed at Old Capitol Prison in summer 1863 before being exhanged. A sizable bounty was placed on him during the war, and was labelled "the most dangerous man in the Confederacy."
People Stuart, James Ewell Brown (J. E. B.) (Jeb)
Stringfellow, Benjamin Franklin (Frank)
Search Terms Optics
Subjects Optical devices
Gifts
Espionage
Spies
Soldiers