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Object Name Vest
Catalog Number 0985.03.00041b
Description Vest of gray wool and cotton cloth (jean); standing collar; rise and fall collar; 9 button front; two pockets; back panel of brown cotton silesia with cinch belt and tin buckle; inner lining is unbleached cotton osnaburg, small floral civilian brass buttons. With frock coat and pants (.41, a).
Owned John Westley Lester
Owner Regiment 10th Georgia Infantry Battalion, Co. C
Made Amelia Barlow Lester [ Mrs. Alfred J. Lester ], Americus, Georgia, CSA
Provenance Uniform owned and worn by 1st Sergeant John Westley Lester. His mother, Amelia Barlow Lester [ Mrs. Alfred J. Lester ] of Americus, Georgia, had the cloth woven and this uniform made on her plantation during the Civil War. Lester enlisted as 4th corporal in Company C, 10th Georgia Infantry Battalion at the age of 21 in March 1862. He was the only surviving child of his parents, and died of disease in a Richmond hospital in March 1863. Following his death, his remains and personal belongings, including this uniform were shipped to his mother.
People Lester, John Westley
Lester, Amelia Barlow [Mrs. Alfred J.]
Barlow, Amelia
Search Terms homespun
ersatz
Subjects African Americans (tentative)
slaves (tentative)
slavery (tentative)
Uniforms
women