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Object Name Epaulet
Catalog Number 0985.06.00055a
Date 1857
Description Epaulet: One of a pair of epaulets (.6.55a-b) consisting of brass crescents with gold thread fringe on shoulder boards. Each epaulet has a Federal eagle, two five-pointed stars and an eagle cuff button on the shoulder. The epaulets come with a box (.55b), black enameled tin, with a red velvet liner. A label on the inside of the box reads, "Adjust the epaulettes in the airtight case - Raise the wire frame put one to the right then replace the frame for the reception of the other - 1857."
Dimensions H-6.25 W-8 L-6.5 inches
Owned French Forrest
Owner Regiment Norfolk Navy Yard
Chief - Bureau of Orders & Detail
James River Squadron
Tredegar Iron Works
Provenance Commander French Forrest, Confederate States Navy wore this pair of epaulets.

Forrest was in the United States Navy; following Virginia's secession, he served as flag officer of the Virginia State Navy, and commanded the Norfolk Navy Yard; when Virginia joined the Confederacy, he served in the Confederate Navy in the James River Squadron, and helped provide iron from the Gosport Navy Yard to the Tredegar Iron Works at the time of the casting of cannon for the Confederate government and armor for the CSS Virginia.
People Forrest, French
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Battle of Hampton Roads
Tredegar Iron Works
Richmond, Virginia
United States Navy
Subjects uniforms
Insignia
navies