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Object Name Tray, Bread
Catalog Number 0985.13.00601
Description The bread tray is made of rough wood painted black. It has a large knick in the upper edge on one side. An unidentified piece of black leather belt is in it, and remnants of a paper label is on its bottom.
Material wood; paint
Dimensions H-4.5 W-18 D-13.5 inches
Owned unidentified Confederate soldier; C. S. Taylor
Event Seven Days Battles (Peninsula Campaign)
Provenance A Confederate soldier left the bread tray at C. S. Taylor's home in Richmond during the Seven Days Battles. He brought it to Mr. Taylor's cook (probably an African American slave), Mary. Mary had filled it with flour to be used for bread for the mess, of which the soldier appeared to be the commissary. When the bugle sounded, the soldier had to move on and left the tray behind. The Taylor family cooks then used the tray afterwards for baking. The C. S. Taylor home was located at 608 E. Leigh Street.
People unidentified Confederate soldier
Taylor, C. S.
Taylor, Mary
Search Terms Richmond, Virginia
items left behind
Subjects African Americans
slaves
slavery
women
Food preparation