This uniform consists of a frock style coat and trousers. Both are of jean cloth and thought to be early products of the Porter Industrial School for Girls in Charleston, SC. These rare textiles certainly merit conservation. Bomar enrolled as a private in the Washington Light Infantry Co. A Infantry Battalion of Hampton Legion June 12, 1861. He was wounded at First Manassas/Bull Run and was a Sgt. when discharged. Another record says he enlisted in Co. B.
Sadly, discoloration, staining, old surface grime, fading, cuts/tears, holes, loss of warp and weft, weak seams, old insect damage, and fraying are all problems with this uniform. The trousers were recently taken off exhibit due to their unstable condition. This uniform is such a treasure to our collection that it is a top priority for conservation.
2. James Chesnut’s Frock Coat:
Many of you may know him as Mary Boykin Chesnut’s husband. Born in Camden, SC, he served numerous terms in the SC house and senate and was elected to US Senate in 1858. He was an aide to General Beauregard at Fort Sumter, a member of the Provisional Confederate Congress, and eventually served on the staff of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Appointed to brigadier general in 1864, his place in SC military history is well noted.
Unfortunately, the coat is in extremely poor condition and is consequently unable to be displayed. It is entirely unstable, with holes, losses, and weak seams too numerous to count. It would be great to be able to conserve this coat
3. Ebert Bland’s Uniform:
Lt. Colonel Ebert Bland was wearing this frock coat when he was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga. He served in the 7th SC Infantry Regiment. Interestingly, this coat came into the museum sometime between 1896 and 1904. Since the museum was founded in 1896, this is a treasure collected early!
Stains, old surface grime, accretions, fading, stiffness, holes, losses, weak seams, and old insect damage have ravaged this textile over time. It would be another wonderful conservation project!