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Object Name BOOT
Catalog Number 0985.13.01150, a
Description The two boots (1 pair) are very supple black leather with leather pulls on the outside of the calf and cut-away tops. The leather has very little machine stitching. The boots are not lined, and the leather boot pulls are hand stitched in place. The soles are double pegged with wooden nails and iron pegs. The stamp at the top of the boots reads, "Oyster Boot."
Dimensions H-19 D-11.5 inches
Owned Samuel Beaufort Ragland
Owner Regiment 1st Battalion Virginia Infantry (Irish Battalion), Co. B, "Capt. Bridgeford's Co."
Event Evacuation of Richmond, April 2-3, 1865
Provenance These boots were worn by Pvt. Samuel Beaufort Ragland, a clerk and courier to Gen. Robert E. Lee during the Siege of Petersburg. He was a member of Co. B, Bridgeforth's Bn. He came to Richmond on the 2nd of April and stopped in front of his house at 1st and Canal Sts, but did not dismount. His son (the donor's father) remembered seeing him, and remembered the sound of his mother's taffeta ruffles as she flew down the steps. He never forgot his mother flinging herself in his father's arms. He said, so my father was told that Richmond would fall and to get the children to a place of safety. They were taken to Hollywood Cemetery and he saw the flames of the burning Richmond - he was six years old.
People Ragland, Samuel Beaufort
Search Terms Evacuation of Richmond, April 2-3, 1865
Richmond, Virginia
Subjects Footwear