Personal Possessions of General Robert E

At first appointed brigadier-general of Virginia's forces, Lee later received a regular Confederate commission. By 1862 he was military advisor to President Davis and, after the wounding of General Joseph E. Johnston in May 1862, Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia Lee fought aggressively and was immensely successful at Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. Then, after the repulse at Gettysburg, he was forced to turn to the defensive and he did well through 1864 in the Wilderness and into 1865 around Petersburg, but the situation became critical. After a last effort to break away from the encircling Federal forces, Lee and the remains of the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865.

1 Field tent (a mock-up)

2 A saddle blanket, used on General Lee's horse. Traveler

3 A scarf sent to the general by an English admirer

4 A frock coat, thought to have been worn by Lee at Appomattox

5 A frock coat with Maryland State seal buttons given by the ladies of Carroll

1851 Navy Colt Robert Lee

Attracts courtesy al The Museum ol the Confederacy Richmond. 149 1-J 619. Virginia Historical Society Richmond. Va 5

and Frederick Counties and sent through the lines by Thomas N Webb of Baltimore Leather haversack Leather gauntlets Sword belt with a Virginia State seal belt plate The camp bed and blanket used by General Lee

Navy Seal Museum Virginia

during the siege of Petersburg

Reverend J Clay Stiles

10 Mess gear utensils


Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver,

11 Leather riding boots


12 Wooden camp chest


The pen used to sign the surrender at

13 Mess gear chest


14 Modified Gnmsley saddle


A table used at the winter

15 Field glasses and case

headquarters near Orange

16 Hat given by General Lee to the

Courthouse, 1863-4

Robert Lee Personal Possessions

Personal Memorabilia of General Thomas Jonathan Jackson, C.S.A.

The great General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson graduated from West Point in the class of 1846, and went on to distinguish himself in the Mexican War. He resigned from the Army in 1852 to become an instructor at the renowned Virginia Military Institute (V.M I.) At the beginning of the Civil War he was appointed a colonel in the Virginia State militia and thereafter his rise was rapid and uninterrupted.

Confederate forage cap worn during the war

Hand-made embroidered scarf presented by an admirer

Cased, British-made Adams revolver with accoutrements

Leather case tor item 5

Field glasses

Forage cap worn by General Jackson A Lefaucheaux Brevete revolver presented to the general by his officers A pair of epaulettes worn on dress occasions at V.M.I

9 Pair of gold spurs presented to General Jackson by the ladies of Baltimore, Maryland

10-12 Packets of five Le Mat revolver cartridges

13 Leather gauntlet worn by Jackson on the night of his mortal wounding. May 2, 1863, Chancellorsville, Va

14 A pair of silver spurs worn during the war

15 Leather haversack

British Officer Spurs

16 Gold watch carried by General Jackson at Chancellorsville

17 Spur worn at the time of his wounding

18 Jackson's sword a U S Model 1850

19 The black waterproof coat worn by General Jackson at the moment of his wounding

Robert Lee Personal Items

Artifacts couttesy at the Museum of the ContMnracy. Richmond Va I f> / 9. 13 15 1718. Virginia Historical Society. Richmond. Va 12. t6. The Virginia Military Institute. Lexington, Va 0 19_

Personal Possessions

Personal Items of General Thomas Jonathan Jackson, G«S»Ai

Jackson's sobriquet "Stonewall" was earned at First Manassas, and came from a comment from Brigadier General Bernard E. Bee of South Carolina, who reportedly remarked to his staff, "...there is Jackson, standing like a stone wall " He was promoted to major general in August 1861, and the following year waged a campaign in the Shenandoah Valley that is a text-book study for military students and historians to this day. With the exception of the Seven Days' Battles Jackson performed incredibly well during his career, saving Lee at Sharpsburg after which he was promoted to lieutenant general, commanding 2nd Corps. His flank march at Chancellorsville was brilliantly executed, but, in a tragic accident, he was mortally wounded by his own forces while making a night reconnaissance on May 2 and died on May 10, 1863. Had he lived, the outcome of the war might have been different.

In stark contrast to the flamboyance of some of his fellow Southern generals, Jackson was a man of great straightforwardness and utter simplicity. The song-sheet - "Stonewall Jackson's Way" -reflects the esteem in which he was held in the South, but probably caused him great embarrassment. The old high-topped forage cap is known not to have been much to his liking, but he wore it at times, while the water-can for his washing-water was also simple and unpretentious. He was wearing the spurs at the time he was shot and the folded white cloth still carries traces of his blood as his comrades tried to staunch the flow.

Robert Lee SpursRobert Lee Museum

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  • nora
    Where is General Joseph E Johnston sword?
    5 years ago

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