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Object Name DRESS
Catalog Number 0985.13.00650
Description Child dress of homespun cotton, white with beige stripes, with high waist and two button shoulder closure. Associated with a pair of pants .650a).
Material Cloth/Fabric/Cotton
Dimensions H-18.5 W-11 inches
Owned Edward Hill
Made Mary E. Hill (tentative)
Provenance This pair of homespun dress was worn by Edward Hill as a child when running the blockade from Savannah, Georgia to Washington, D. C., in 1863. His mother was Mrs. Mary E. Hill; she may have made this pair of pants. His father was employed at the Tredegar Iron Works in 1861, and was later the Assistant Superintendent of the Savannah Arsenal (rank of Lieutenant).

On page 7 of Mary Hill's postwar memoir, she wrote of her time living in Savannah: "All welcomed the other little boy who was born in Planters (Ed.) Hotel..... Things were getting desperate; food was scarce and awfully high in price; our clothing was cotton homespun, some striped, some plain. The tan colored striped goods I made quite pretty dresses of..."

On page 22 of the memoir, she wrote,"We were not clad very fashionably. Will had on a home made cap of palmetto; Ed a little homespun dress..."
People Hill, Edward
Hill, Mary E. Ball [Mrs.]
Ball, Mary E.
Search Terms homespun
ersatz
Savannah, Georgia
Subjects children
boys
blockades
Blockade running
Clothing & dress
refugees