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Object Name Coat, Frock
Catalog Number 0985.13.00268
Date 1864
Description Uniform frock coat: double breasted 7 buttons in each row, light cadet gray wool cloth with yellow wool piping and no facings, dark green wool and silk lining in body, white polished cotton lining in sleeves, embroidered gold major's collar insignia edged in black, gold sleeve braid, Federal staff buttons with backmark: "EXTRA QUALITY."
Dimensions W-26 L-40 inches
Owned Benjamin Franklin Eakle
Owner Regiment 14th Virginia Cavalry, Co. A
Made Crenshaw Mill (fabric only), Richmond, Virginia, CSA
Provenance "Coat, made of Confederate cloth from the Crenshaw Mills, Richmond, Va. Worn by Major B. F. Eakle, Fourteenth Virginia Cavalry, McCausland's Brigade, A. N. V."

Major Benjamin Eakle's coat is an important artifact of Confederate uniform production, made from cloth produced at Richmond's Crenshaw Mill (a wartime southern textile mill). A resident of Lewisburg in modern-day West Virginia, Eakle enlisted in Co. A (1st), 14th Virginia Cavalry as a 2nd Lt. on May 23, 1861. He was promoted major on February 13, 1863. He commanded the unit at Gettysburg and was wounded in action on July 3, with his horse being killed under him. He was wounded in action again at the Battle at Monocacy on July 9, 1864 but was back on duty in six weeks. Eakle was again wounded in action and captured at Cedarville on November 12, 1864. He was sent as POW to Fort Delaware, where he was released on July 24, 1865. After the war, he became chief clerk at the Exchange and Ballard Hotels, and was manager of the Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs 1884-1894. He died on his farm near Lewisburg, WV, on July 20, 1898.
People Eakle, Benjamin Franklin
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Monocacy
Crenshaw Mill, Richmond, Virginia
Fort Delaware
Fort Delaware
Gettysburg Campaign
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864
Subjects African Americans (tentative)
Fabric production
Prisoner exchanges
Prisoners of war
slavery (tentative)
slaves (tentative)
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries