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Object Name BUST
Title General Thomas J. Jackson
Catalog Number 0985.13.00240
Date ca. 1863
Description Cast plaster of Paris portrait bust of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. No base. Painted off-white color. This piece is associated with a reproduction (X0985.13.240a).
Material plaster
Dimensions H-12 W-5.5 D-4.5 inches
Owned Jefferson Davis; Maj. Devens; George A. Bruce
Made Frederick Volck
Event Federal occupation of Richmond, Virginia, 1865-1870
Provenance The sculpture was based on the death mask made by Frederick Volck on May 11, 1863, when Lt. Gen. Jackson's body was in the Virginia Executive Mansion (previous said to be in the Virginia State Capitol).

Jefferson Davis owned the bust and placed it on the mantel of the Executive Mansion state dining room. It was there when Union General Godfrey Weitzel occupied the Mansion on April 3, 1865. Gen. Weitzel presented the bust on April 4, 1865 to Maj. Devens of Massachusetts. Maj. Devens then gave the bust to Brevet Lt. Col. George A. Bruce, U. S. Volunteers. Forty years from the date of its removal (on April 4, 1905), Bruce presented the bust to the CMLS.

Volck was granted design patent 193 for the bust on August 25, 1863. This was the only Confederate patent ever granted to a citizen of a foreign state.

People Jackson, Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall)
Davis, Jefferson
Weitzel, Godfrey
Devens, Major
Bruce, George A.
Volck, Frederick
Search Terms Confederate Executive Mansion
Confederate White House
Executive Mansion
White House of the Confederacy
Richmond, Virginia
Items taken North by Union soldiers and later returned South
Evacuation of Richmond, April 2-3, 1865
Occupation of Richmond
Federal occupation of Richmond, Virginia, 1865-1870
Subjects Sculpture
Art
Patents