CONFEDERATE BLANKET BROUGHT HOME BY 4TH WEST VIRGINIA CAVALRY TROOPER, WITH TROOPER’S DISCHARGE & TWO PHOTOS OF HIM AS AN OLDER MAN

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Blanket is made of a thin coarse butternut brown wool with faded red end stripes along both edges and ends. The red stripes are formed by eight parallel rows of red stitching. Taken together the eight rows form a stripe that is 2.25 inches wide.

The blanket meas. approx. 54.50 inches wide by 123.00 inches long. The ends are finished raw. The edges are not hemmed or finished in any way; they just have a cleaner edge.

The overall condition of the blanket is very good. There are several small stress separations or moth bites to the material near the center, but these really are minor. There are no markings on the blanket.

With the blanket is an old photo postcard from the very early 1900’s. It is printed with a spread-winged eagle perched on two cannons with a US flag and stack of cannonballs. The eagle is screeching and there are shells bursting around him. Off to one side in a printed shield shaped frame is a slightly faded photograph of a bearded old man, believed to be Huffman, wearing a dark suit and tall crowned slouch hat sitting on a park bench. Attached to the card in old type is a label that reads “CONFEDERATE SOLDIER’S BLANKET BROUGHT HOME BY PVT. FRANK HUFFMAN OF MONROE CO. OHIO. COMPANY G 4TH REGT. W. VA. CALV.”

There is also an original eagle masthead discharge for Frank Huffman releasing him from service with the 4th West Virginia Cavalry. The discharge is in fair condition with fold lines and the handwritten ink has badly faded. Despite this, a close look will show Huffman’s name at the top. Also attached to the discharge is a photo of Huffman standing on his porch wearing the same suit and hat he is wearing in the picture on the post card.

Also present with the group is a handwritten note on a yellow legal sized piece of paper. The note is dated 7-17-92 and is headed “NOTE TO FILE.” The note reads “THE BLANKET WAS IN THE COLLECTION OF JOHN MUIR (A SCULPTOR). HE SOLD HIS CIVIL WAR COLLECTION IN 1990 TO CRAIG NANNOS. NANNOS TO (ANDREW) PELLS TO (RAY) RICHEY.”

D. Franklin Huffman (listed in records as Doctor F. Huffman, D. Frank Huffman and Frank Huffman) was born on September 3, 1845 in Monroe County, Ohio.

He enlisted as Frank Huffman for 6 months service at Antioch, Ohio in Company G, 4th West Virginia Cavalry on August 1, 1863. He was present through his muster out at Wheeling, West Virginia on March 8, 1864. The 4th spent its service in West Virginia engaging in two minor skirmishes before being mustered out.

Huffman enlisted again under the name Doctor F. Huffman as a corporal in Company G, 184th Ohio on January 13, 1865 and was mustered out on September 21, 1865. The 184th Ohio garrisoned Nashville for a time and then was sent to Chattanooga and then Bridgeport, Alabama where it guarded railroads. It later garrisoned the town of Edgefield before being mustered out.

All that is known of Huffman’s post-war life is that he married and had three children with his youngest child living until 1946.

D. Franklin Huffman died December 10, 1904 and is buried in Antioch Cemetery, Antioch, Ohio.  [ad] [ph:L]

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