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Object Name DRESS
Catalog Number 0985.13.01020
Date 1861
Description Infant dress: white cotton batiste or muslin. Drawstring gathered neck with back string ties. Cap sleeves with inset 4 four rows of tatting and a single row of tatting lace trim. Front bodice pleats to very finely gathered waist band. Long skirt with two rows of pleats then inset 4 rows of tatting, another row with one pleat and 4 rows of tatting to hem. Drawstring back waist string tie. Handsewn.
Dimensions L-34 inches
Owned Susan Harris Gresham
Made Rebekkah Harris
Provenance This dress was made for Susan Harris Gresham by her grandmother, Mrs. Rebekkah Harris. Susan died of exposure when just a few days old, when Federal soldiers burned the home of her parents, Oscar Gresham, 9th Virginia Cavalry, and Ellen Mary Harris Gresham.

According to a genealogy of the Gresham family: "Oscar Gresham, youngest son and now only surviving member of a large family, was a soldier of the Civil War, and was said to be 'one of the finest.' He volunteered early in the war, and served in the Ninth Calvary until the surrender. His wife, who was Miss Ellen Harris, of Fluvanna — I was told during the war — was one of the most indefatigable workers in her efforts to care for her children who, like many soldiers' children, were dependent upon a mother not only deprived of her husband, but forced by circumstances from home and a refugee among strangers. By his marriage with Miss Harris there were children, as follows: Susie, who died in infancy...." ["Gresham Family," by Augusta Gresham Blackwell, 1915, p. 57]
People Gresham, Susan Harris
Harris, Rebekkah
Gresham, Ellen Mary Harris [Mrs. Oscar]
Harris, Ellen Mary
Gresham, Oscar
Subjects Babies
Clothing & dress
Dead persons