Duxbury in the Civil War

By Erin McGough, Collections Manager

Most of our blogs, indeed most Civil War researchers, have focused on Army service during the Civil War. But these shoulder straps from the Collection of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society give us the opportunity to examine life in the Navy during the Civil War. They are believed to have been owned by Lucius Austin Waterman (1832-1895) of Duxbury, who served as an Acting Ensign from 1862/63 until August 1865. During that time, Waterman served on several ships including the Aries, Philadelphia, and Passaic, all of which participated in the North American Blockading Squadron.

At the time of Waterman’s enlistment, military service in the Navy was not viewed with the same sense of honor that life in the army warranted. Part of this is because of negative stereotypes such as “drunk as a sailor” which predate the Civil War and give the…

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Lineage of influence

Another nice piece of outerwear courtesy of British brand Henri Lloyd. This, their Wembury jacket is a lightweight piece for the Summer months, and just the ticket for when the sunshine turns to showers (like recently).

Constructed from cotton Ventile, it’s a short bodied jacket, fully unlined to keep weight to a minimum, and benefits from having fully taped internal seams to further bolster its waterproofing. All of which makes it perfect for the good old (very changeable) British Summertime.

Ventile is densely woven from 100% cotton and uses the world’s finest long staple fibre and isn’t coated or laminated in any way – the dense weave swells when wet which stops water penetrating through, provide excellent weatherproofing whilst keeping the garment breathable.

Features include a pair of flap closure front pockets, a zip-through fixed hood (which is also peaked) with drawstring adjustment and elasticated hem and cuffs. It’s also…

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Discover Travel Techniques Used By The Pros 220771

What are your personal thoughts on traveling? Do you view everything you can on the subject and try to create your own travel plan? There are numerous resources available such as magazines, videos, books, and shows. So where do you begin with your own plan? Try going through these tips to find your starting point.

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