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    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.


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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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