WONDERFUL CONFEDERATE VETERAN’S UNIFORM IDENTIFIED TO ARKANSAS SOLDIER - JOHN J. TARVIN

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This beautiful set includes a double-breasted gray frock coat with billion collar insignia, UCV buttons and matching gray trousers. The uniform is named to Dr. John J. Tarvin who served in the 24th Arkansas Infantry.

The frock coat was manufactured by the E. A. ARMSTRONG CO. of Chicago, Illinois and is named in the left breast pocket to “DR. TARVIN.” The coat is made of a fine bluish-gray broadcloth with buff piping on the collar, fold-down lapels and front placket.

The brass buttons down the front are two-piece buttons and have the Confederate battle flag at center with “U.C.V.” and “1861-1865.” Moving upward from the waist, the buttons are arranged in sets of three, three and two and all are marked “THOMAS J. DUNN.” All are in good condition with several displaying some verdigris.

The collars have a wonderful general’s insignia of three stars in a wreath. All is made of bullion thread that has darkened some with age and show some minor wear but is in otherwise excellent condition.

The sleeves are slightly billowed at the elbow and the cuffs have three parallel stripes of gold braid approx. 1.00 inch apart. Cuffs are non-functioning and have three buttons each. Cuff buttons are also marked “THOMAS J. DUNN.” Of the six cuff buttons five show varying degrees of discoloration from verdigris.

The back skirt of the coat has two buttons at the waist and two more lower down. All four match the rest of the buttons on the coat. There are no tail pockets.

The exterior of the coat is in very nice condition. There are several moth holes on the sleeves along with a few on the body but they are not intrusive. There are also some scattered nips on the skirt, but again, they are small. The material is very clean and the color has remained strong over the years. All external seams are tight.

The interior of the body area is lined with brown polished cotton that has faded to mostly a plumb color. Sleeves are lined with a white muslin with a blue bed ticking pattern. The right breast has a horizontal pocket while the left is vertical. It is this vertical pocket that contains the maker’s label with Travin’s name. There is a black and gold woven cloth maker’s label in the back of the collar also. There is a 2.00 inch separation in the seam where the skirt lining meets the body lining. This can easily be repaired.

The trousers match the coat in color and each leg has a thin dark stripe running down the seam. All six of the japanned tin suspender buttons are present. Trousers are held closed by a hook and eye type arrangement. Fly has two buttons. Both front pockets are side seam. Two rear pockets are also present.

Interior is lined in the waist with white muslin that has darkened some from age and wear. Back waist has the “V” yoke with size adjustment strap and buckle. There are numerous moth bites in the legs and body of the trousers. Though these may be somewhat numerous, they are scattered enough and small enough that they do not ruin the presentation and display ability of the trousers. The back exterior of the waistband has an old 2.25 x 2.00 inch patch behind the size adjustment strap. Also, each of the buttocks has a 2.75 x 2.75 inch period patch.

John J. Tarvin was born in Union County, Arkansas in January of 1844.

His records at the National Archives are short and segmented. It appears that he enlisted as a private in Company G, 24th Arkansas Infantry on July 4, 1862. Not long afterward he became ill and entered the hospital at Arkansas Post and remained on the sick list there through December of 1862. Being sick and on leave, Tarvin escaped capture when Arkansas Post fell in January 1863. He, along with other men who were not captured were formed into a unit named Hardy’s Regiment of Arkansas Infantry.

Tarvin appears on the rolls for Company F, Hardy’s Regiment of Arkansas Infantry for July and August 1863 and is listed as “ABSENT. SICK IN HOSPITAL SINCE AUGUST 1863. WITH LEAVE.” The January/February 1864 muster roll shows him as “DESERTED NOVEMEBR 1, 1863.”

Records also show that Tarvin joined Company E, of Wright’s Arkansas Cavalry on December 7, 1863 and the roll for January/February 1864 shows him present. It is there that his record ends.

On May 12, 1864 he married Thresa A. Lodge in Calhoun County, Arkansas. They would have six children.

It is known that John J. Tarvin took the Oath of Allegiance in Arkansas on April 28, 1865.

After the war he became a doctor and was employed as the coroner for Hot Springs County, Arkansas when he died on December 26, 1909. He is buried in Hot Spring’s Rockport Cemetery.  [ad] [ph:L]

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