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Object Name Coffeepot
Catalog Number 0985.13.00265
Description The coffeepot is white porcelain four piece drip pot. It consists of one handled spouted pot, with two strainer vessels and a simple knobbed lid. "Porcelaines Mehun 1776" is marked on the bottom in an oval.
Material Ceramic
Dimensions H-7 inches
Owned Mrs. Samuel Cornick
Owner Regiment 13th Virginia Infantry; Hill's Brigade; Hill's Light Division; 3rd Corps
Made Porcelaines Mehun
Event Petersburg Campaign / Siege of Petersburg
Provenance "The coffeepot was used to make a cup of coffee for Lt. General A. P. Hill. Hill had been recuperating in the home of Mrs. Morgan on Third Street in Richmond, when news came of the danger of the encircling of the army and he ordered his horse to be brought. Mrs. Samuel Cornick, a neighbor across the street brought out to him, on her porch, a cup of coffee dripped in this pot to warm him before his long, cold ride."

"An urn from which a cup of hot coffee was dripped for Genl. A. P. Hill by Mrs. Samuel Cornick. Gen. Hill was invalided in Richmond and when news came to him of the dangers encircling our army, he ordered his horse to be brought to him to Mrs. Morgan's on 3rd St. and in leaving, Mrs. Cornick's voice was heard from a house across the street, 'Come over here General and let me give you a cup of hot coffee before leaving for your long and cold ride.' " (accession ledger)
People Hill, Ambrose Powell (A. P.)
Cornick, Mrs.
Search Terms Richmond, Virginia
Subjects Food