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Object Name Glasses, Field
Catalog Number 0985.11.00010a
Description Binocular optic device, of brass covered with shagreen. One broken eye piece. With case (.10b).
Material metal/leather/glass
Dimensions W-5 L-4.25 D-2.75 inches
Owned W. C. Thompson; Rose Thompson; Nathan Bedford Forrest
Owner Regiment 3rd (Forrest's) Tennessee Cavalry, Co. B
Made B. Pike and Sons
Provenance Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest carried these field glasses during the war. The newspaperclipping attached to the leather case reads, "A valuable donation - An opera glass of (large) and elegant style owned by the late W. C. Thompson, so long the (mummer) of the New Memphis Theater in Memphis and left to his wife, Mrs. Rose Thompson of this City, and loaned to Captain Steinkuhl of Forrest's Cavalry (and carried) by General Forrest during the (war) and returned after the war to Mrs. Thompson, is now given by her in loving memory of Captain Steinkuhl, Gen. Forrest, and the "Lost Cause" to be placed in the Confederate Museum of Richmond, VA. Mrs. Thompson will be 79 years of age on the 20th of August, and is full of all the sentiments and sympathies . . . (illegible)." C. D. Steinkuhl was a 1st Lt. in Co. B, 3rd (Forrest's) Tennessee Cavalry.
People Forrest, Nathan Bedford
Steinkuhl, C. D.
Thompson, Rose
Thompson, W. C.
Search Terms Optics
Subjects Optical devices
memorials
theaters