An historic Confederate uniform grouping of Lt. Col. Richard Snowden Andrews, founder of the Maryland Light Artillery
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An historic Confederate uniform grouping of Lt. Col. Richard Snowden Andrews, founder of the Maryland Light Artillery
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An historic Confederate uniform grouping of Lt. Col. Richard Snowden Andrews, founder of the Maryland Light Artillery An historic Confederate uniform grouping of Lt. Col. Richard Snowden Andrews, founder of the Maryland Light Artillery
An historic Confederate uniform grouping of Lt. Col. Richard Snowden Andrews, founder of the Maryland Light Artillery
Comprising: 1) Lt. Colonel Andrew's Confederate artillery officer's frock coat, of fine quality grey wool piped in red, the red collar with bullion rank stars; the sleeves with red cuffs and gold lace; buttons with A branch letter, backmarked Superior/Quality; full lining in pale green silk, the upper part quilted; maker's label reading Regiment Des Guides/Paule/Tailleur De S.M. L'Empereur/Et De Sa Maison Militaire. 2) Grey wool three pocket vest, piped in red, lined in white linen, with gilt brass buttons bearing the seal of the State of Maryland and backmarked Extr/Quality and probably from his uniform for the Maryland Light Artillery. 3) A blue wool officer's frock coat with black velvet collar and cuffs, State of Maryland buttons and fully lined in dark green polished cotton; label reading Roberts & Co./Baltimore; inscribed in ink R. Snowden Andrews; this was his postwar frock coat as a general in the Maryland militia artillery. 4) A 19th century frock coat and vest attributed to Charles Lee Anderson's coachman.
The single breasted coat of dark blue wool with large unmarked gilt brass buttons; hang loop inscribed in ink C--Lee's Coachman; cuff button backmarked Scovill Mfg.. Together with a red and black striped vest lined in white polished cotton; back with belt and brass buckle stamped Paris.

Condition: 1) Excellent. Wood with scattered small moth nips. Lining showing some slight staining from use. 2) Showing a few minor moth nips. 3) Excellent. 4) Escellent.
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  • Provenance: R. Snowden Andrews
    Charles Lee Andrews
    Maryland Historical Society and purchased by the consignor as Lot 1081, Group of Three Military Costumes, in Sotheby Park Bernet's sale of Fine Americana, June 20-23, 1979, featuring property from the Maryland Historical Society.
    Richard Snowden Andrews, 1830-1903, was a prominent Baltimore architecht before the Civil War. Among other buildings, he designed the Weston State Hospital in West Virginia, the Maryland governor's mansion in Annapolis and the south wing of the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C. When the war broke out he organized the First Maryland Artillery. He was first wounded at the in July of 1862 and later severely wounded at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, being nearly disemboweled by a Federal shell. The surgeons managed to sew him up and he was later fitted with a silver plate. The jacket he wore when wounded can be seen the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore and is illustrated on page 123 of Echoes of Glory, Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy, Time-Life books. After a recuperative leave, he rejoined his unit but was again badly wounded at the Battle of Winchester. After this third wound he was sent to Europe with his friend and colleague in the artillery, Major Thomas S. Rhett, to examine and purchase artillery for the Confederacy. They were in Paris in April of 1864 and in Berlin in July. Having some difficulty receiving a permit to view the Prussian artillery, Major Rhett left Lt. Col. Andrews in the German countryside and preceeded to Berlin to request the needed permission. While he was away, Andrews dined with a number of Prussian officer's who, in quizzing him about his war service expressed the opinion that he was fortunate to have served in so many actions without being wounded. Under some duress, Andrews showed them his wound. Lieber Gott, the general must see this, one of the officer's exclaimed and Von Moltke, the Chief-of-Staff, was brought in and shown the wound, which he declared was the worst he had ever seen. The needed permit was issued forthwith. On his way back home, he heard of Lee's surrender and vowed not to return to the United States. He went to Mexico and was employed as an engineer until the fall of Emperor Maximilian, at which time he returned to Maryland. He served, from 1876 until 1887, as Brigadier General and Chief of Artillery for the State of Maryland. He passed away at his home in Baltimore on January 6, 1903.
    Richard Snowden Andrews, Richard Snowden Andrews, a Memoir, Sun Job Printing, 1912.
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