Video: Historically Significant Uniform Donated to Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Gordonsville, Virginia, resident Greta Shaw donated Union Soldier Capt. Richard Halsted’s American Civil War uniform frock coat and forage cap to the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Four generations of Mrs. Shaw’s family were at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center on January 24, 2017, to transfer ownership to the National Park Service.
“This matters to us because Richard Halsted, the man who wore this jacket and kepi, was an aide to the highest ranking Union general to die in the American Civil War,” said John Hennessy, chief historian and chief of interpretation at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. That was Major General John Sedgwick, who was killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania on May 9, 1864.
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