Homespun woolen blue and white coverlet section measuring approximately 14” by 11 ½”. Pinned to the coverlet is a 5 ¾” long paper tag with period ink inscription “This piece of coverlet belonged to Col. E. W. Penny taken out of Stonewall Jackson’s house after the U.S. Civil War ending in 1865.” A smaller printed paper label pinned to the coverlet reads “Return in five days to E. W. Penny, 1142 High Street, Topeka, Kansas.” Elijah W. Penny enlisted as a captain in the 130th Indiana Infantry. At the Battle of Utoy Creek outside of Atlanta, Penny was severely wounded in the right arm, resulting in amputation. He returned to duty in two months and was mustered out of service as a lieutenant colonel, having been wounded six times during the war. It is unknown how Penny acquired the coverlet, which was likely stolen from Stonewall Jackson’s Lexington, Virginia home. He may have passed through Lexington on his way home to Indiana at the end of the war. Several fragments of this coverlet are known to exist, although this specimen is undoubtedly the largest and retains the period identifying tags. A highly desirable Stonewall Jackson relic from a distinguished Union officer.
Elijah W. Penny - Residence Kokomo IN; 25 years old. Enlisted on 1/20/1864 as a Captain. On 2/3/1864 he was commissioned into "A" Co. IN 130th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 12/2/1865 at Charlotte, NC. He was listed as: Wounded 8/6/1864 Atlanta, GA (Severe wound in right arm, amputated). Promotions: Major 9/1/1864. Lt Colonel 4/1/1865. Intra Regimental Company Transfers: 9/1/1864 from company A to Field & Staff. Other Information: Died 10/24/1919 in Topeka, KS. (Wounded 6 times. Died age 81). After the War he lived in Goodland, KS.
One Hundred and Thirtieth Infantry INDIANA (3-YEARS)
One Hundred and Thirtieth Infantry. -- Col., Charles S. Parrish; Lieut.Cols., James R. Bruner, Elijah W. Penny; Majs., Joseph W. Purviance, Elijah W. Penny, Jesse Butler. This regiment was organized at Kokomo during the winter of 1863-64, and was mustered in March 12. It left the state on the 16th for Nashville, Tenn., where it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 23rd corps.
It left Nashville April 5 and marched to Charleston, Tenn., reaching there on the 24th. On May 3 it moved to Georgia, engaging in the affair at Rocky Face Ridge and supporting the detachment that drove the enemy from his strong position on "Tater Hill." It was in the series of skirmishes that terminated in the battle of Resaca, in which the regiment received and repelled a charge, joining in the pursuit after the battle. It was engaged at Lost Mountain, and again at Pine Mountain, where the enemy was repulsed, and on June 27 fought at Kennesaw Mountain, driving the enemy into his works, holding the advanced position thus gained for several days, and joining in pursuit of the enemy on July 17, the regiment drove the enemy from Decatur and assisted in destroying the railroad.
It was actively engaged at Atlanta; moved with its brigade Aug. 6, upon a battery which was annoying the Union flank, and participated in a charge that drove the enemy from the field. It was engaged at Jonesboro; moved thence to Lovejoy's Station, and from there to Decatur, where it went into camp.
Joining the pursuit of Hood on Oct. 4, it proceeded to Gaylesville, Ala., at which point its corps was detached and ordered to join Gen. Thomas' command at Nashville.
Stopping at Centerville, it was engaged in watching the fords of Duck river until the last of November, in the expectation of intercepting Hood's army; moving then to Nashville, it took part in the work of fortifying that point, and in the battle of Dec. 15-16, joining in the pursuit after Hood's defeat.
It was in camp at Columbus until Jan. 5, 1865, marching thence to Clifton and taking transports for Cincinnati moving from there to Fort Fisher via Washington. Proceeding to Fort Anderson, it sailed on March 1, for Morehead City, thence to New Berne.
It was engaged at Wise's Forks, 4 miles from Kinston. Leaving Kinston on the 20th, it moved to Goldsboro, where it joined Sherman's army. On April 10 it moved with the army to Smithfield and Raleigh. At the conclusion of active operations it moved to Greensboro, thence to Charlotte, N. C., where it remained on guard duty during the summer and fall.
It was mustered out Dec. 2, 1865. The original strength was 964; gain by recruits, 28; total, 992. Loss by death, 178; by desertion, 21; unaccounted for, 9.
Comes housed in an 18 x 24 inch display case with black
velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: IDE 182 / SOLD