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Object Name Haversack
Catalog Number 0985.13.00589
Description Haversack: double bag of black leather with floral embossing on the flap secured with leather strap riveted to flap and buckle (missing); leather binding on flap edge; main bag has inner flap secured with leather strap and japanned iron buckle, two additional pockets worked onto front of bag; four tin, four-hole buttons on interior top of main bag to secure lining, lining missing; second, flag bag with interior flap secured with two leather straps and japanned iron buckles; green wool tape edging on all interior flap and pocket edges; black leather shoulder strap attached to bag with brass rings and swivel hooks, japanned iron horseshoe adjustment buckle.
Dimensions H-11 W-12.5 inches
Owned James Ewell Brown Stuart [J. E. B. Stuart]; Andrew Carpenter
Owner Regiment 4th Virginia Cavalry, Co. A
Made Unknown
Event Battle of Yellow Tavern
Provenance This haversack was used by Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart. Mrs. Stuart gave it to Andrew Carpenter, Co. A, 4th Virginia Cavalry, the day after Maj. Gen. Stuart died in Richmond, Virginia in 1864. Carpenter had been assigned to Stuart in March 1862 at Centreville and stayed with him until he was shot at Yellow Tavern on May 11, 1864. Carpenter held Stuart's head in his lap from there to Richmond in the ambulance and stayed with him until he died the next night (May 12) about 8 PM, and afterwards laid him out.

From letter by Carpenter to Museum: "...I have General Stuart's haversack, which was given me by Mrs. Stuart the day after the General's death in Richmond. I was assigned to General Stuart in March, 1862, at Centreville, because I had the finest horse in Company A, Fourth Virginia Cavalry, and I stayed with him until he was shot at Yellow Tavern. I held his head in my lap from there to Richmond in an ambulance, and I stayed with him until he died next night, about 8 P.M., and laid him out. The last thing he said was, 'I would like to live to see the war ended, and to see my wife once more.' Mrs. Stuart arrived about an hour after his death. She felt grateful to me, I suppose, for my attention to the General, and gave me his haversack, which, I assure you, I have kept as sacred memento of him whom I admired above all others in our army. I part with it most reluctantly, but I feel it my duty to do so, knowing it will be preserved long after my death..."
People Stuart, James Ewell Brown (J. E. B.) (Jeb)
Stuart, Flora Cooke [Mrs. James Ewell Brown]
Carpenter, Andrew
Cooke, Flora
Search Terms Overland Campaign
J. E. B. Stuart - wounding and death, May 1864
Subjects Ambulances
women
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries