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Object Name Glasses, Field
Catalog Number 0985.13.00595a
Description Binocular optic device with black enameled metal covered in thin black leather. No markings. With case (.595b).

Material Metal/glass/leather
Dimensions W-4.5 L-5 D-2.5 inches
Owned James Ewell Brown Stuart [J. E. B. Stuart]; Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow
Owner Regiment 4th Virginia Cavalry, Co. E; 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry; Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart's staff - scout and aide
Provenance Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart used these field glasses during the war and gave them to Capt. Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow.

Stringfellow rode with General J.E.B. Stuart at Seven Pines, Cold Harbor, and the raid at Catlett's Station. He established a spy network across Northern Virginia, through Alexandria, and into Washington, and supplied information to Stuart and Robert E. Lee. He posed as a dental student and dentist, as well as a woman, to gather information during the war. He was briefly captured and imprisoned at Old Capitol Prison in summer 1863 before being exhanged. A sizable bounty was placed on him during the war, and was labelled "the most dangerous man in the Confederacy."
People Stuart, James Ewell Brown (J. E. B.) (Jeb)
Stringfellow, Benjamin Franklin (Frank)
Search Terms Optics
Subjects Optical devices
Gifts
Espionage
Spies
Soldiers