TRAVELING COT WITH BAG ID TO A MEMBER OF GENERAL BURNSIDES STAFF WHO EARNED TWO BREVET PROMOTIONS FOR MERITORIOUS AND GALLANT SERVICE

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This interesting item belonged to Lieutenant Robert Hale Ives Goddard who served as an aid-de-camp to Major General Ambrose Burnside and later rose to major and lieutenant colonel for gallant and meritorious services at the Siege of Knoxville in 1863 and at Fort Stedman in 1865.

The cot comes in a canvas bag with a drawstring top. The bag is very reminiscent of a sailor’s seabag of the period. The drawstring is the original and still works fine. The bag shows much surface dirt from age and storage and does have a wear hole approx. 2.00 x 4.00 near the bottom of one side. Other than that, the bag is solid with a good seam running up one side. Clearly stenciled on the bag in 1.50 inch black letters is “LT. R.H.I. GODDARD / MAJ. GEN. BURNSIDE STAFF.” in two lines.

The cot itself has a folding wood frame with a reclining surface made of blue & white stripped bed ticking with a stuffing that feels like horsehair and a canvas bottom for strength. The center of the canvas bottom is clearly marked “BAZAR DU VOYAGE, PARIS.” which at the time was an establishment that catered to the needs of the traveling elite. The blue & white ticking of the reclining surface is decorated with small, scattered blue and white buttons.

The wood frame is in good condition and is held together by copper rivets and brass screws. There are two short poles that attach to each end. These poles are attached by sliding through a cloth loop attached to the reclining surface and then attaching to the wood frame by pins. There is a third, longer pole that provides further strength and rigidity but this we did not attach for two reasons. 1.) we did not want to put too much stress on the old fabric and 2.) we had no idea how it goes in place.

When closing, the cot folds into thirds and is rolled. The three loose poles can be packed in in the bag with the cot or rolled in the body of the cot.

Overall, the condition is excellent. No holes were observed in the reclining surface or in the canvas under support.

Robert Hale Ives Goddard Sr. was born in Rhode Island on September 21, 1837 and as a young man attended Brown University graduating in 1858.

He enlisted as a private in Company C, 1st Rhode Island Infantry on April 17, 1861. He served with his regiment at 1st Bull Run where they lost heavily with 12 killed, 35 wounded, 25 captured and 4 missing. Goddard was mustered out at Providence, Rhode Island on August 2, 1861.

On September 23, 1862 he was commissioned a 1st lieutenant and aide-de-camp to General Burnside. He was promoted captain by brevet on March 11, 1863. He won a second brevet promotion to major for gallant and meritorious service in the East Tennessee campaign and siege of Knoxville on August 1, 1864 and again to lieutenant colonel of volunteers for gallant and meritorious service at Fort Stedman July 3, 1865.

Goddard served General Burnside faithfully in all his campaigns and resigned on July 3, 1865.

After the war he returned to Providence, Rhode Island where he was active in business and politics. He ran a successful cotton manufacturing company and was a member of the Board of Fellows for Brown University. He was president of the Lonsdale Company and in 1896 was a Republican Presidential Elector.

Goddard died in Providence on April 22, 1916 and is buried there in Swan Point Cemetery. [ad] [ph:L]

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