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Object Name Jacket, Shell
Catalog Number 0985.07.00137a
Date ca. 1862
Description Gray cloth, child's shell jacket; captain's rank, three gold thread bars on a red collar, and two rows of gold thread on sleeves; South Carolina state cuff buttons on front closure.
Dimensions H-15.5 W-11 inches
Owned Joseph Evan Davis
Made Varina Banks Howell Davis, CSA
Provenance "Small officer's suit of Confederate gray made for Joseph Evan Davis, third son of President Davis."

Varina Howell Davis may have made this youth size captain's shell jacket and pants for Joseph Evan Davis during his childhood at the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. It is known to have been worn by him during the Civil War. Joseph was the third son of Jefferson and Varina Davis. He was tragically killed in a fall from the porch of the Executive Mansion, in Richmond, Virginia in 1864.
People Davis, Joseph Evan
Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Search Terms Confederate Executive Mansion
Confederate White House
Executive Mansion
White House of the Confederacy
Subjects Uniforms
boys
children
Dead persons
Accidents