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Object Name Case, Field Glasses
Catalog Number 0985.06.00095a
Description Field glasses case of cardboard covered with black leather, lined with red silk. Metal clasp attached to body. Lid absent. Shoulder strap missing; small portion still attached to one side. Stored inside brown leather carrying case (.95b). For field glasses (.95).
Material Leather/metal
Dimensions W-6.25 L-8 D-3.625 inches
Owned John Donnell Smith
Owner Regiment Huger's Battalion Light Artillery (1st Corps), Co. A, "Bedford Light Artillery"
Made Jumelle Marine
Provenance Capt. John Donnell Smith used these field glasses during the war. They were damaged in May 1864 on the south bank of the North Anna River, "while in hand" one of its barrels was smashed by a shot from the enemy's skirmish line.

Additional information re: the damage is provided in the postwar memoirs of Daniel W. Jarrett of the Bedford Light Artillery. Capt. Smith was standing at his gun looking through the field glasses when someone approached to speak with him. He put down the glasses, which Jarrett picked up and looked through. He saw two sharpshooters emerge and take aim. "in an instant a ball hit the glasses right at the curve of the left hand tube and went downward to it and hit the regulating screw and knocked it out and broke it in the right hand tube and stopped in half of the length of the bullet of my eye and knocked me down."
People Smith, John Donnell
Search Terms Overland Campaign
Optics
Subjects Optical devices