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Object Name COIN
Catalog Number 0985.05.00076
Date 1861
Description Silver dollar marked with an enthymion and "1861" on the obverse and the inscription, "Greensboro NC CSA April 17, 1865," on the reverse.
Dimensions Dia-1.5 inches
Owned John Dimitry
Made Zacatecas Mint, Mexico
Event Flight and capture of Jefferson Davis, 1865
Provenance This Mexican silver dollar is one of thirty distributed by Jefferson Davis among his military escort when they parted at Greensboro, North Carolina on April 15, 1865. This coin was the one given to John Dimitry. (Davis left on April 15 so the date of April 17 that is inscribed on the coin is inaccurate on the chronology of events. Davis was near Lexington, North Carolina, on that date.)

John Dimitry of Co. C, "Crescent Regiment" of New Orleans, wore this jacket at the battle of Shiloh - and it is, in fact, the only surviving enlisted man's jacket with a Shiloh provenance - where he received a wound that ended his military service. At the Battle of Shiloh, Dimitry had first attempted to assist the wounded Captain Graham off the field (who was shot twice before dying), and then was himself shot through the hip. He was taken to a hospital in Corinth for two weeks; when that city was abandoned by the Confederates, he was taken on a mattress to New Orleans, where he remained under the medical care of Dr. Natili for two months. When he was finally able to use crutches, New Orleans had been captured by the Union army and he found himself within Union lines. He received permission from General Shepley to depart without a parole. He went to Richmond, was discharged, and then worked for the Confederate Post Office Department until war's end. He departed Richmond with the rest of the Confederate government on April 2, 1865, and traveled with Presdient Davis and Postmaster General Reagan into North Carolina; he remained with the party until April 15 or 17, at which time he received pay and presumably was dismissed.
People Davis, Jefferson
Dimitry, John Bull Smith
Search Terms Flight and capture of Jefferson Davis, 1865
Confederate States Post Office
Subjects Money
Post offices
Postal service
Postal service employees