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Object Name SHIRT
Catalog Number 0985.13.00580
Description Dark maroon wool flannel shirt with printed crossed Second National pattern flags; band collar; no pockets, four button holes, mother-of-pearl buttons.
Dimensions W-22.5 L-22.5 inches
Owned E. G. Booth [Edwin G. Booth]
Owner Regiment CSS Selma
Made France or England
Event Battle of Mobile Bay
Provenance "A surgeon assigned to the CSS Selma in the Confederate Navy's Mobile Squadron, Booth wore this shirt while treating the wounded after the battle of Mobile Bay, August 1864. He was taken prisoner during that battle. The shirt was made from a fabric that was apparently a popular variety run through the blockade." Dr. Booth's appointment as Assistant Surgeon, dated May 1, 1863, is located in the Confederate Navy Series, Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library.

According to the donor, the material was made in France during the war, designed especially for Confederate officers; the fabric was blood stained at one time, but now moth-eaten.
People Booth, Edwin Gilliam
Search Terms flag imagery
flag fabric
Confederate States Navy
Mobile Campaign
Battle of Mobile Bay
Subjects POW's
Prisoners of war
Blockade running
Medical personnel