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Object Name Vest
Catalog Number 0985.13.00536b
Description Brown (faded from gray) wool broadcloth with back of off-white cotton drill and white cotton sheeting lining. The vest is associated with a frock coat (.536) and a pair of pants (.536b).
Owned Edwin Maffitt Anderson
Owner Regiment CSS Alabama ; CSS Blockade runner Owl
Event Battle of Cherbourg
Provenance Lt. Edwin Maffitt Anderson (also known as Edward Maffitt Anderson) wore this frock coat, pants, and vest during the war. He wore them serving in the Confederate States Navy aboard the CSS Alabama as a midshipman, in particular during the Alabama's engagement with the USS Kearsage in June 1864 off Cherbourg, France. He commanded one of the thirty-two pounder cannon and later the pivot gun. As the Alabama sank, Anderson jumped into the sea, where the English yacht Dearhound rescued him. After the war, Anderson removed the buttons from the coat and vest due to Federal government orders that Confederate not wear uniform with insignia or buttons in public.
People Anderson, Edwin Maffitt
Anderson, Edward Maffitt
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
items worn home (tentative)
Battle of Cherbourg
Subjects Uniforms