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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 and is made in the style of the "Gettysburg" blanket.  Our reproduction is HAND WOVEN from 100% woolen yarns, dyed using 100% natural dyes and measures 54x95 inches.  The ends of the blanket are hand hemmed with whip stitched brown woolen yarn.  This blanket is a light weight blanket, weighing only 2.2 pounds.  It is a very tight weave and the color and stripe pattern closely matches the "Gettysburg" blanket.  We only have 12 of these blankets, so please don't delay if you would like to own one of these reproductions.  This is not a "one blanket" blanket that will serve you in cool weather, but it is perfect for warmer weather!  This is a good warmer weather blanket that will make for a light knapsack. 

Story of the original pair of blankets:

Either homespun or 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. 


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