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Object Name Coat, Frock
Catalog Number 0985.07.00177
Date 1864
Description Uniform Frock coat: double breasted, 7 buttons in each row, butternut wool jean homespun cloth with buff twill wool broadcloth facings and piping, dark green wool and silk lining in body, white cotton sheeting lining in sleeves; gold embroidered general's collar insignia, gold sleeve braid, Federal staff buttons with backmarks:"EXTRA/QUALITY" and "HORSTMANN BROTHERS & CO./PHIL."
Owned Benjamin Grubb Humphreys
Owner Regiment 21st Mississippi Infantry
Made unidentified women of Woodville, Mississippi, CSA, 1864
Provenance In 1864 a women's society in Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi, spun the wool, wove the cloth, and created this uniform for Brig. Gen. Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, a native son and wartime governor.

"Home spun uniform worn during the war. The wool was grown, cloth woven and the clothes made in WIlkinson Co., Mississippi, in 1864. The suit was presented to Gen. Humphreys by a society of patriotic women of Woodville, Mississippi." (old card catalog entry)

While Humphreys was engaged in the Seven Days Battles, Battle of Antietam, Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg Campaign, Battle of Chickamauga, and Battle of Knoxville, he apparently could not have worn this uniform in those battles as it was not given to him until 1864. Therefore, it is only possible that he wore it during the Overland Campaign and Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864.
People unidentified women of Woodville, Mississippi
Humphreys, Benjamin Grubb
Search Terms Battle of Cedar Creek / Belle Grove
Battle of Cold Harbor / Second Cold Harbor
Battle of Fisher's Hill
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of the Wilderness
ersatz
homespun
Overland Campaign
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864
Third Battle of Winchester / Opequon
Subjects Uniforms
women
civilians