Gettysburg Civil War Recycled Wool Blanket
Woven in the same mill that created our original Civil War blankets. These blankets were supplied to troops from 1861 to 1865. Now you can
own a piece of American history. Selvage sides; overseamed ends. Gray
with black border stripes on ends. Woven in our Woolrich mill of 80%
recycled wool, 20% nylon. 60" W x 84" L. This is exactly the type of blanket issued to Uncle Bobby Earl's great, great uncle, Avon Clyde Dempsey when he surprised his family in 1862 and joined the Union troops that were occupying New Bern, NC at the time.
Bobby Earl's great grandfather, Thomas Bell Dempsey joined the Confederacy early in 1862. His younger brother, Avon Clyde Dempsey made the decision to enlist with the Union troops in September of 1862. By this time, Federal troops had taken control and occupied the city of New Bern, NC. Avon was able to enlist by not traveling too far from home. Thomas and Avon Clyde continued to write letters to each other in hopes their path would never cross in battle. It never did. After the war, both Thomas and Avon Clyde rarely spoke of their Civil War experiences; they did live close together and shared efforts in maintaining two successful farms. Family lore claims they were close brothers and best of friends. It was never explained to any family members why one brother sided with the Confederacy and the other joined the Union troops. Some things are better left unsaid as Bobby Earl would often remark.