|Object Name||Jacket, Shell|
|Description||Single breasted, 7 button front, very light brown (faded from gray?) cotton homespun with no piping or facings, no lining; Louisiana state buttons with backmark: "HYDE & GOODRICH/ NEW ORLEANS". Pin of bone, heart-shaped (a) attached to left breast.|
|Dimensions||H-19.5 W-18 inches|
|Owned||Charles Locke Beard|
|Owner Regiment||Florida Military Institute|
|Event||Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida|
Charles Locke Beard donated his cadet jacket, explaining that he wore it when he was fifteen years old and attending the Florida Military Institute (also known as the West Florida Seminary) in Tallahassee, in 1865. Beard served in the Cadet Corps, also known as the "Baby Corps", in the Battle of Natural Bridge on March 6, 1865, which helped to preserve the capital city as the only southern capital east of the Mississippi not captured during the Civil War.
According to his Soldier's Pension Claim applicaiton, Beard served at the "Fla. Mil. Institute - as a member of the Cadet Corps. Did Guard duty at various times over prisoners confined in Tallahassee. Was absent from Tallahassee for five days on the expedition to New Port and Natural Bridge taking part in the battle at the bridges and acting as one of the escort that took the prisoners to Tallahassee." He was discharged when the corps was disbanded on May 15, 1865.
Beard wrote the only known cadet account of the battle at Natural Bridge and Newport.
Beard, Charles Locke
Florida Military Institute
West Florida Seminary
Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida