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Object Name Desk, Lap
Catalog Number 0985.13.00267
Description The campaign desk consists of a walnut case with a double hinge and brass key escutcheon. The writing surface is covered with very worn and faded red velvet. Each face is hinged to reveal large hidden spaces. Four smaller compartments make up the case interior. Green marbleized paper covers the bottom of the case.
Dimensions H-4 W-14 D-9 inches
Owned Nathaniel Banks; William S. Greever
Owner Regiment 48th Virginia Infantry, Co. D
48th Virginia Infantry, Co. A
Event Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1862
Provenance "Writing desk captured in 1862 near Winchester from Gen. Banks. It fell into the hands of Wm. S. Greever who was killed in 1864."

The campaign desk belonged to Union General Nathaniel P. Banks; it was captured from him in 1862 near Winchester, Virginia. William Snead Greever, took ownership of the desk. Greever enlisted on May 16, 1861 as a Private in Co. D, 48th Virginia Infantry and then transferred to Co. A on April 22, 1862. He was detailed as Ordinance Sergeant and recommended for permanent promotion to that rank on July 1, 1863. The promotion came through on August 17, 1863. Greever was killed in action at the Battle of Kernstown on September 24, 1864 while carrying the colors in the charge.
People Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss
Greever, William S.
Search Terms Battle of Kernstown
items captured by Confederate soldiers
items captured from Union soldiers
items taken by Confederate soldiers
items taken from Union soldiers
United States Army
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1862
First Battle of Winchester
Subjects captures
Casualties, War
Dead persons
War casualties