The People’s History of Costume…
THE RAREST CONFEDERATE SLOUCH HAT IN EXISTENCE HENRY GOODNIGHT, COMPANY A, TERRELL’S TEXAS RANGERS - Cpl. Henry Goodnight, Company A, Terrell’s Texas Rangers, was a hard fighting Texan from the start as he enlisted in Co. E, 13th Regiment Texas Cavalry (Burnett’s Texas Cavalry) at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter Goodnight was discharged due to disability, but not wanting to sit out the war as his fellow Texans spilled their blood he re-enlisted in Company A, Terrell’s Texas Rangers on October 19, 1863. Terrell’s Texas Rangers were quickly sent to Louisiana to help turn the tide of Yankee advancement there culminating in several battles including the Battle of Mansfield and the Battle of Pleasant Hill. Col. Terrell was lauded fir this performance there as Union General Nathaniel Banks’ Red River Campaign was brought to a screeching halt. As Banks and his haggard Federals were retreating, the Union gun boat fleet on the Red River was stranded due to low waters. Union Col. Joseph Bailey quickly sought permission to try an ingenious tactic to raise the level of the water by building a series of dams to free the fleet. In the meantime, the Confederates, with Henry Goodnight and the rest of Terrell’s Texas Ranger’s, were in hot pursuit and saw their chance at the mishaps that had befallen Admiral Porter’s boats. Gen. Banks ordered Gen. Andrew Smith to meet the Confederate assault and protect the rear of the Federal retreat. The Confederate cavalry and the Union rear guard clashed at Yellow Bayou on May 18, 1864 with some of the fiercest fighting on Louisiana soil as the line passed back and forth throughout the battle. For two hours, the battle seesawed until finally the underbrush caught fire and both sides broke action. Cpl. Goodnight and his fellow Rangers left the action only to meet with several skirmishes and raids throughout the remainder of the war.
This slouch hat, worn by Henry Goodnight in his capacity as a hard fighting Texas cavalryman, is made of very fine and high quality stiffened fur felt believed to be beaver skin. The hat is a medium tan color with a 4 ½” tall crown. Attached to the front of the hat is a 5 point brass star with the letters T-E-X-A-S in each point surrounding the letter “A” which denotes Cpl. Goodnight’s Company. This hat was exhibited in the Confederate Room at the Travis Library after being in the Confederate Room at the Travis Library after being loaned by Goodnight’s widow in 1909. The paper museum tag is still with the hat and reads, “CONFEDERATE ROOM/TRAVIS LIBRARY/Worn by Henry Goodnight/Company A, Terrell’s Texas Cav./C.S.A./Lent by Mrs. Goodnight - 1909.” This label was once attached to the brim of the hat but is now archivally sealed in a separate container. The hat has been professionally restored as the bayous and swamps of Louisiana and the hard rides through the Texas hinterlands obviously caused considerable wear. After the war, Henry Goodnight settled temporarily in Rockwall, Texas in the saddle and harness business due to his vast knowledge of tack he gained during his years in the saddle as a Texas Confederate cavalryman. He later owned a grocery store in Goshen, Texas and established the Van Zandt County National Bank at Wills point, which he successfully operated. Goodnight died June 7, 1916. A truly remarkable and historically important Confederate slouch hat worn by a hard fighting Texas cavalryman. There is only one other identified Texas slouch hat know to exist; it is on display in the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. A once in a lifetime opportunity to own a uniquely Texan and Uniquely Confederate slouch hat worn by one of Col. Terrell’s Texas Rangers. Also there is a family photograph of Henry Goodnight (The gentleman on the right). He is sitting with another gentleman; they are both wearing what appear to be re-union badges. The image is broken in half and has been repaired and glued on cardboard
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The People’s History of Costume…
"Edwardian (1900-1920’s) Homemade Peasant Work Chore-Smock"
Recently added to my collection… a stunning long chore smock dating from between 1900s and the 1920s. Hand machined from a strong, corse wool of greens and greys with many parts hand stitched. Clearly a home made one off item, this is a truly unique piece of peasant clothing. It features a pull over design with a short collar and a four button closure. Buttons are made from resin, one is missing. Hand stitched button holes. Plain unbuttoned cuffs. Central pleat and darts from the shoulders for a nice, tailored shape. Curved seams at the rear with interesting contrasting paneling. Covered in ingrained staining, holes moth damage and repair work, all adding to the authenticity of this one of piece. All repair work is original and of the era.
(artist’s own collection)
If You Love it, It Will Survive! The Earliest Form of American Sustainability; the Quilt
Gees Bend African American Quilt
Variation of housetop pattern, concentric squares pieced from
cotton, wool and rayon. Back side lined with flour sacks,
entire quilt hand stitched. One of the treasures from the group
of women quilters in Gees Bend, Alabama.
76’’l x 68’’w
Mary Lee Bendolph, born 1935. “Housetop” variation, 1998; quilted by her daughter, Essie bendolph Pettway, in 2001, cotton, corduroy, twill, assorted polyesters, 72 x 76 inches. In the early 1990s, a former Bend resident living in Bridgeport, Connecticut, sent some garments — double-knit leisure suits — to Gee’s Bend. Mary Lee Bendolph remembers: “My sister-in-law’s daughter sent those clothes down here and told me to give them away, but didn’t nobody want them. That knit stuff, clothes from way back yonder, don’t nobody wear no more, and the pants was all bell- bottom. We ain’t that out-of-style down here. I was going to take them to the Salvation Army but didn’t have no way to get there, so I just made quilts out of them.” q030-06.jpg
The Thrills of War
This was by far my favorite artifact I found at the Museum of the Confederacy. This undershirt was worn by an officer who was shot three times in the chest and survived the wounds. As a trophy of the combative affair, the fellow patched the holes and continued to wear the shirt! I go crazy for little details like this…I think this is a perfect example of the great mantra “If You Love it, It will Survive!”
…. a highlight from the Museum of the Confederacy here in good old Richmond
If You Love it, It will Survive
Custer’s Last Waistband & the Cowboy Prince Present…
-If You Love It, It Will Survive; denim work shirt with salvaged scrap-work,patch-work cuffs, trims and shield front bib
-(July, 2012)- for sale, size 36/38
If You Love It, It Will Survive