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Object Name BLANKET
Catalog Number 0985.13.00098
Date ca. 1862
Description This blanket consists of two uncut Navy blankets (one long blanket), white wool with blue stripe from selvage to selvage across top and bottom. "U.S. NAVY" in red paint on each blanket.
Material textile (wool)
Dimensions W-50.5 L-138 inches
Owned Peleg Pritchard; William H. Stewart
Owner Regiment 61st Virginia Infantry, Co. A, "Jackson Greys"
Event Battle of Hampton Roads
Provenance The uncut Navy blankets floated from the USS Cumberland after she was sunk by the CSS Virginia on March 8, 1862. They were found on a hammock the day after the engagement by Sgt. Peleg Pritchard of Co. A, 61st Virginia Infantry, "Jackson Greys." Lt. Col. William H. Stewart purchased the blankets from Pritchard and used them in the field until Appomattox. Stewart used them for several years after the war to remind him of the "great comfort they afforded in war and peace - - in wet and cold and in all conditions of weather; through many varied trials of life they have been my close and constant friends."
People Pritchard, Peleg
Stewart, William Henry
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Battle of Hampton Roads
United States Navy
Subjects Bedspreads