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Object Name Jacket, Shell
Catalog Number 0985.05.00004
Description Single breasted, 9 button front, brownish-gray wool and cotton twill cloth with no facings; shoulder straps (with side-facing buttons); green wool cord piping on the collar, shoulder straps, cuffs and around edges of jacket; off-white cotton sheeting lining in body and sleeves, small local Confederate staff buttons with no backmarks.
Owned John Dimitry
Owner Regiment Crescent Regiment, Co. C
Event Battle of Shiloh / Pittsburg Landing
Provenance John Dimitry of Co. C, "Crescent Regiment" of New Orleans, wore this jacket at the battle of Shiloh - and it is, in fact, the only surviving enlisted man's jacket with a Shiloh provenance - where he received a wound that ended his military service. At the Battle of Shiloh, Dimitry had first attempted to assist the wounded Captain Graham off the field (who was shot twice before dying), and then was himself shot through the hip. He was taken to a hospital in Corinth for two weeks; when that city was abandoned by the Confederates, he was taken on a mattress to New Orleans, where he remained under the medical care of Dr. Natili for two months. When he was finally able to use crutches, New Orleans had been captured by the Union army and he found himself within Union lines. He received permission from General Shepley to depart without a parole. He went to Richmond, was discharged, and then worked for the Confederate Post Office Department until war's end. He departed Richmond with the rest of the Confederate government on April 2, 1865, and traveled with Presdient Davis and Postmaster General Reagan into North Carolina; he remained with the party until April 15 or 17, at which time he received pay and presumably was dismissed.
People Dimitry, John Bull Smith
Search Terms Battle of Shiloh / Pittsburg Landing
Confederate States Post Office
Occupation of New Orleans
Subjects Uniforms
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries
Post offices
Postal service
Postal service employees