INTERESTING KNITTED COMFORTER NAMED TO CAPTAIN E. BLACKMAR

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Item Code: 1179-228

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Hand knit comforter meas. 61.00 x 52.00 inches. It is made of alternating stripes using various shades of red wool yarn. Worked into the central stripe in dark brown yarn is “CAPT. E. BLACKMAR.”

The overall condition of the item is good, however there is moth damage. There are three areas that have good sized holes with smaller satellite holes nearby. These are located along one edge, near one of the corners and about 6.00 or so inches above the name. There are also several scattered smaller holes but none of it touches the ID.

There are two possible candidates for the captain named on this comforter. The first is Captain Edwin C. Blackmar who was born in Connecticut but was living in Glenwood, Iowa at the time of the Civil War. He was commissioned captain of Company F, 15th Iowa Infantry on November 18, 1861 and was wounded at Shiloh on April 6, 1862. He resigned from the regiment at Corinth, Mississippi on June 4, 1862. On September 25, 1862 he was commissioned 1st lieutenant and adjutant of the 31st Iowa but resigned on July 13, 1863.

The second is Captain Erastus Blackmar who was also born in Connecticut. He enlisted as a corporal in Company H, 11th Connecticut Infantry on November 14, 1861. He was promoted to sergeant April 9, 1862, to sergeant -major on February 5, 1863, commissioned 2nd lieutenant on April 9, 1864 and wounded at Drewry’s Bluff on May 16, 1864, made 1st lieutenant August 23, 1864 and finally promoted to captain of Company H, December 10, 1864. He was mustered out on December 21, 1865.

Despite both men being born in Connecticut, no familial relationship could be found.

The item was originally sold at auction as belonging to Captain Erastus Blackmar of the 11th Connecticut but the seller offered no details as to how that ID was made.  [ad] [ph:L]

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