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Conservation Program

A major part of the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum's mission is to preserve all of the artifacts we hold in trust for the people of South Carolina. The museum conserved over 60 flags in its collection through a conservation program that began in 1997 and was active for over a decade. We have also conserved three uniform coats, two knapsacks, ten ambrotypes, and about twenty weapons. Most recently, SCCRRMM has focused on conserving uniforms and other textiles in the collection.
You can help preserve part of history!  

By sponsoring a particular flag, uniform, weapon, or other artifact, your monetary support helps offset conservation expenses. Conservation is the only way to insure the stabilization and preservation of objects in the Museum’s collection, but it is a costly procedure. A donation of any amount is tax-deductible.

Checks should be made out to the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum and mailed to SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Your generous support is greatly appreciated.  

If you have questions about our Conservation Program or wish to contribute, please contact Allen Roberson, Director, via  email or call 803-737-8096.

See the artifacts for which the museum is currently fundraising:

Coat belonging to Corporal Robert Hayne BomarTrousers belonging to Corporal Robert Hayne BomarCoat belonging to Corporal Robert Hayne Bomar on display

1. Uniform of Corporal Robert Hayne Bomar

This uniform consists of a frock style coat and trousers. Both are made of jean cloth with buff or yellow fabric tape at the coat collar and on the outside seam of the trousers. The uniform is a product of the Porter Industrial School for Girls in Charleston, SC. Bomar enrolled in the Washington Light Infantry Co. A Infantry Battalion of Hampton Legion on June 12, 1861. He was wounded at First Manassas/Bull Run and was a sergeant when discharged due to his injuries in October 1861.

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.

Conservation estimate: $10,000-$12,000

2. General James Chesnut’s Frock Coat:

Detail from James Chestnut's Frock CoatDetail from James Chestnut's Frock CoatDetail from James Chestnut's Frock Coat

Chesnut’s double breasted frock coat is made of a wool/cotton blend fabric with off-white cuffs and collar. Chesnut was born in Camden, SC, and 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.

The coat is in extremely poor condition. It is entirely unstable, with holes, losses, and weak seams too numerous to count. 
Conservation Estimate: $40,000
3. Ebert Bland’s Uniform:
Frock coat worn by Ebert BlandFrock coat worn by Ebert BlandFrock coat worn by Ebert Bland

Lt. Colonel Ebert Bland was wearing this blue/gray wool frock coat and trousers when he was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga. He entered Confederate service as a surgeon in Maxcy Gregg’s 1st Regiment, but he desired to be closer to the action. He was then elected captain of Company H, 7th SC Infantry Regiment and later became a lieutenant colonel.

Stains, old surface grime, accretions, fading, stiffness, holes, losses, weak seams, and old insect damage have ravaged this textile over time.
Conservation Estimate:  Frock: $9,995 Trousers: $7,025