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Object Name Glasses, Field
Catalog Number 0985.09.00147
Description Binocular optic device. Black leather covering metal. Marked "12 / Glaser". With case (.147a).
Material Metal/glass/leather
Dimensions H-4.5 W-5.5 inches
Owned William Ruffin Cox
Owner Regiment 2nd North Carolina State Troops
Event Appomattox Campaign
Provenance Brig. Gen. William Ruffin Cox wore these field glasses "in a brief but violent engagement in the retreat from Petersburg, Virginia, just a few days before the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse." The field glasses were punctured by a bullet in the left lens, which "probably saved the General's life."
People Cox, William Ruffin
Search Terms Appomattox Campaign
items struck by bullets
items that stopped bullets
Optics
Petersburg Campaign / Siege of Petersburg
Subjects Optical devices
Retreats, Military
Life saving