Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Ultra-Rare and Historic Richmond Depot Jacket Worn by a Brave Marylander Ultra-Rare and Historic Richmond Depot Jacket Worn by a Brave Marylander
    Uniforms worn by Confederate enlisted men are incredibly scarce and this historic jacket is among the very best examples. Thestunning jacket is of the well-known "Richmond Depot" pattern and this very example appears on page 151 of Daniel Hartzler's "A Band of Brothers," about Marylanders in the Confederacy. Made of blue-gray kersey wool, condition is magnificent with no mothing or fraying. There is only an easily repaired seam opening at the back and on one shoulder. Eight large original Maryland buttons are still secured by a thin ribbon running through their shanks. Two of three small Confederate Staff Officer buttons remain sewn to each sleeve. The large buttons are backmarked variously "Superior Quality," " Extra Quality" and "Scovill Mfg. Co."The cuff buttons appear to be marked "H. T. B. Manchester." The lining is a coarse cotton with only a couple spots of soiling from age. There is a pocket made in the left breast and a larger pocket that has been sewn to the right. The collar stands just over 1" tall and has been trimmed around the top, probably by the owner, with a thin twisted cord of red wool. This spectacular uniform was worn by Pvt. Louis (sometimes "Lewis") W. Knight who enlisted in August, 1862 in the fabled battalion of cavalry commanded by Col. Harry Gilmor. Knight served in it for seven months then transferred to the Second Maryland Light Artillery (also known as the Baltimore Light Artillery) where he served under Ewell and Jackson in the Army of Northern Virginia. After the war Knight went to the University of Maryland Medical School and became a doctor in Baltimore. One of the receipts from his practice is included with the set, as well as an rare 1883 booklet "Roster/of/ Officers and Members/of the/Society of the/Army and Navy of the Confederate States/in the state of Maryland/with/Constitution and by-laws" which lists Knight. The is other contemporary documentation as well. The jacket was obtained from a friend of Knight's family in the 1980's. Historic. Superior condition and rarity. As good as they get.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 4,360

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 March 3 Rare Books Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search