RUBBER OR GUM BLANKET ID’D TO PVT. MOSES E. CONYERS, 69TH INDIANA INFANTRY, A PORTION OF WHICH WAS USED FOR A FIELD-MADE HOUSEWIFE

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Item Code: 450-73

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This blanket was purchased directly from the Conyers family in 1992. The blanket exhibits a red ink stamp within an oval: UNION INDIA RUBBER CO./FEB. 4, 1865, along with the inspector’s stamp with a black rectangle: HARN?/INSPECTOR/N.Y. Tan and black tape was affixed to the blanket to reinforce separations where the blanket had been folded. A small piece of original twine remains attached to one of the grommets.

This blanket was published on p. 128 of Michael Woshner’s India Rubber and Gutta-Percha of the Civil War Era. Pvt. Conyers cut an approximately 20” x 8 ½“ rectangular piece from the corner of the blanket, from which he fabricated a tri-partite “housewife” or sewing kit that is still retained by one of his descendents. Pvt. Conyers also cut semi-circular pieces from the edge of the blanket, and a circular 2” diameter piece from one corner, at least one of which remains with the housewife.

Moses mustered into Company D of the 69rd Indiana Infantry on July 26, 1862. He was captured on May 24, 1863 at the Battle of Raymond, MS. On July 23, 1863 he was paroled. On Jan. 23, 1865 he transferred to Co. B and on July 5, 1865 he mustered out.

Seldom does one encounter an issued, used, and identified rubber blanket with such provenance.

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