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Confederate "Gettysburg" Style Blanket

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We pleased to make available this reproduction blanket made after the style of the Confederate battlefield pickup blanket that is in the NPS Museum at Gettysburg.  Our reproduction is not an exact reproduction due to loom restrictions, but is a faithful reproduction of a 19th century blanket.  Our reproduction is HAND WOVEN from 100% woolen yarns and measures 54x95 inches.  The ends of the blanket are hemmed with whip stitched brown woolen yarn.  This blanket is a very light weight blanket, weighing only 2 pounds.  It is a very tight weave and the color and stripe pattern closely matches the "Gettysburg" blanket.  The initial run is limited, so please don't delay if you would like to own one of these reproductions.  Also pay close attention to the weight, this is not a "one blanket" blanket that will serve you in cool weather.  This is a good 3 season blanket that would pair well with a rubber ground cloth to make for a light knapsack. 

Story of the original pair of blankets:

The blanket was possibly a European import from Ireland or Denmark shipped through the Union blockade; the blanket, when acquired, was accompanied by a scanned color copy of an old original handwritten tag that reads "These blankets Lee's grandfather, Alfred Cunningham, (named James Alfred) brought home from the Civil War", the tag was written by Mary Cunningham Davis, the daughter of James Alfred and Charlotte (Whittier) Cunningham, Mary married Joseph Davis of Monmouth, ME on June 22, 1895, and gave birth to a son, Leland C. Davis on March 31, 1896 (Alfred's grandson), both Mary and Leland lived with Alfred Cunningham for more than 20 years until his death in the 1920's, the blankets were obtained by Gunsight Antiques from the estate of Leland C. Davis (Lewiston, ME), shortly after his death, February 22, 1972 (age 75).  18 year-old James Alfred Cunningham of West Gardiner, Maine, enlisted as a Private (date unknown) in the 5th Maine Battalion. On October 5, 1864 he was transferred into Co. F of the 19th Maine Infantry. On December 15, 1864, he was transferred into Co. F of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery. Mustered out September 1, 1866. 

In a conversation with former NPS Gettysburg Curator Mike Vice, Mike expressed that he believes the blankets were Federal contract blankets that were issued to the artilleryman and in fact, not CS "battlefield" pickups.  He had a good case for this, not all of which I can recall, but the fact that this artilleryman would carry a pair of CS battlefield pickup blankets encouraged him to think they might have been European contract, Federal issue blankets.


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