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Object Name Chest, Campaign
Catalog Number 0985.13.00054
Description Campaign chest of pine with iron latch and hinges; rope left handle is rope, right handle missing. A label adhered on the right side (where the missing handle would be located) is inscribed in black ink: "Gen'l R. E. Lee's / Camp Chest / presented donated to / the Confederate Museum / by / Capt. Raymond Fairfax / Co. I, 17th VA Reg. / Alexandria Va."
Material Wood/Iron
Dimensions H-15.75 W-30 D-15.5 inches
Owned Robert E. Lee
Provenance Gen. Robert E. Lee used this campaign chest during the war.

According to Lee's military secretary (A. L. Long), a lady visitor to Lee's home in Lexington, Virginia in 1866 viewed Lee's "large camp-chest, used during the Mexican War and also during the four years of our war, [which] stood in the dining-room...." ["Memoirs of Robert E. Lee", A. L. Long, (New York: J. M. Stoddart & Co., 1886) p. 466]
People Lee, Robert E.
Search Terms Camp equipment
Mexican War (Mexican-American War)
Subjects Military camps
Camp life