Confederate army frock coat to lead civil war auction

A Confederate army frock coat belonging to Major Hugh G Gwyn of the 23rd Tennessee Infantry could make in excess of $40,000 at Heritage Auctions.

The lot will lead an auction of civil war memorabilia in Dallas on December 12.

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Major Hugh G Gwyn fought for the 23rd Tennessee Infantry

Gwyn began the war as a captain in 1863 and was promoted to major in 1864. He was part of Confederate president Jefferson Davis' escort out of Richmond that same year.

The coat is accompanied by a letter of provenance from expert Les Jenson, who explains: The use of South Carolina buttons is probably indicative of the coat's origins in either South Carolina or Augusta, Georgia.

"The use of a colored lining, obviously intended to be seen, exists on several coats which originated in South Carolina, but has not been seen elsewhere."

The lot includes an 1854 half dollar and a note in Gwyn's own hand that reads: "The last coin paid to Hugh G. Gwyn by the Confederate government Savannah River 1865.

"Money distributed through orders of Gen'l J.C. Breckinridge from special train brought out of Richmond Va by President Jefferson Davis; I got 32.50 as my officer's pro rata."

A presentation sword given to Colonel Peter Lyle of the 90th Pennsylvania Infantry by members of the National Guard in 1863 is valued at more than $30,000.

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