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    GENERAL WILLIAM MAHONE'S CAMPAIGN CHAIR Confederate General William Mahone, a Virginia Military Academy graduate and president of the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad at the outbreak of the Civil War, fought with the Army of Northern Virginia throughout the Civil War. While in the field general officers carried with them as many personal effects as they could, including writing desks and other furniture that was portable, able to be moved from battle to battle. This 'campaign chair' belonging to General Mahone was one such item. It does not take much imagination to envision General Mahone sitting in his headquarters tent or at fireside during a break in his campaigns. Whether at the Battle of Seven Pines or at the famous Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, General Mahone would bring this chair with him at his headquarters to use while planning or studying the aftermath of battle.

    Constructed of black walnut with elegantly carved, three-slat backs separated by a crosspiece, the chair has a scalloped top and cross pieces between the legs which are supported by sturdy metal rods. Its collapsible, folding design ensures its portability as it could be laid flat and easily transported throughout the war. Although it shows the appropriate wear, it is in very good condition and has a gold cushion that is not original to the chair. This is a wonderful antique personal effect of General William Mahone used by him in the field throughout the war.

    The Tharpe Collection of Military History

    North South Trader's Civil War- Volume XXIV, Number 6.

    The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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