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Object Name Coat, Frock
Catalog Number 0985.13.00536
Description Uniform frock coat: double breasted, nine buttons in each row, brown (faded from gray) wool twill cloth, brown wool and silk lining in the body, white cotton drill lining in the sleeves, no trim, no insignia, and no buttons.
Owned Edwin Maffitt Anderson
Owner Regiment CSS Alabama
CSS blockade runner Owl
Event Battle of Cherbourg
Provenance Lieutenant Edwin Maffitt Anderson (also known as Edward Maffitt Anderson) wore this frock coat, pants, and vest during the war. He wore them serving in the Confederate States Navy aboard the CSS Alabama as a midshipman, in particular during the CSS Alabama's engagement with the USS Kearsage in June 1864 off Cherbourg, France. He commanded one of the thirty-two pounder cannon and later the pivot gun. As the Alabama sank, Anderson jumped into the sea, where the English yacht Deerhound rescued him. After the war, Anderson removed the buttons from the coat and vest due to Federal government orders that Confederate not wear uniform with insignia or buttons in public [General Order No. 70, June 9, 1865, which forbade "wearing any insignia of rank, or military or naval service worn by officers or men of the late rebel army."].
People Anderson, Edwin Maffitt
Anderson, Edward Maffitt
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
items worn home (tentative)
Battle of Cherbourg
Subjects Uniforms
Naval battles
Blockade running