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Object Name OVERCOAT
Catalog Number 0985.13.00485
Description Overcoat: single breasted, five button front, blackish-brown wool and cotton cloth with no facings or piping, brown cotton homespun lining in body and sleeves, and unmarked buttons covered with same fabric as coat.
Dimensions H-43.5 W-17.5 inches
Owned John McGehee ; Jacob Owen McGehee
Owner Regiment 53rd Virginia Infantry, Co. A
Event Battle of Five Forks
Provenance "Homespun Confederate overcoat, worn in the winter campaign of 1864-65." (1905 Catalog)

Homespun overcoat of Private Jacob Owen McGehee, a sixteen year-old Nottoway County farm boy when he enlisted in Co. A, 53rd Virginia Infantry in 1862. He was wounded at Five Forks, survived and was paroled at Burkeville, Virginia, at the end of April 1865." "In the margins of a book on the life of J.E.B. Stuart, McGehee recounted that "my aged father [John McGehee] then nearly 80, had sent me his own overcoat, and when I protested by letter he replied that he could stay in the house by the fire while I would be exposed to the rigors of winter on the march and in the trenches. " McGehee wore the civilian overcoat during the 1864-65 winter campaigns, lost it, then recovered it at the battle of Five Forks, Virginia, March 31-April 1, 1865. In contrast, the frock coat (.479) appears to date from relatively early in the war. "
People McGehee, Jacob Owen
McGehee, John
Search Terms homespun
ersatz
Subjects Uniforms
Teenagers
civilians
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries
Fathers & children