Relics

JEWELRY

Pocket watch   Major Charles F. Pickett was the godfather of George E. Pickett, Jr. "Uncle Charley" gave the little boy this gold watch after the War Between the States. The case is engraved with the names of every battle in which the younger Pickett's father served, both as a U.S. officer and as a Confederate officer. Crossed flags (one U.S. and one Confederate) are etched and enameled on the exterior of the case. This artifact is still owned by the Pickett family.

Pocket watch

Memory chain     This collection of gold mementos, known as a "memory chain," belonged to Sallie Corbell Pickett. Among the lockets containing hair and pictures are coins inscribed with names and dates, watch keys, a tiny bugle, a glass-encased flower from the Gettysburg battlefield, and many other remembrances from Mrs. Pickett's long life.

BOOKS, DOCUMENTS, AND MANUSCRIPTS

Knights Templar certificate     In August 1867, the Appomattox Encampment of Knights Templar, located in Petersburg, Va., issued this certificate to General George E. Pickett. The certificate attests to the fact that Pickett was a member of the "illustrious order of the Red Cross" and is signed by William Turnbull, Grand Commander of the State of Virginia.

Atlas

A world atlas belonging to George E. Pickett. He indicated his ownership by writing his name and hometown (Richmond, Virginia) on the flyleaf.

    Part of Sallie's manuscript

Sallie Corbell Pickett wrote her first book, "Pickett and His Men", by hand. The original manuscript remains in the Pickett family. Each chapter was placed in a separate envelope and identified by subject and number of words therein.

General George Pickett's grandfather, for whom he was named, served in the American Revolution. The elder General Pickett's military service record shows that he was inducted into the Second State Regiment as a drummer on April 15, 1777, and discharged on April 22, 1783.

This land grant to the General's grandfather reads, in part, "This shall be your Warrant to survey and lay off in one or more surveys for George Pickett . . . the Quantity of two hundred acres of land . . . in consideration of his services during the war, 29th Drummer in the State Line. This the 30th day of April in the year One Thousand Seven Hundred and 83."

LETTERS

Envelope     Twenty-four years after General Pickett died, his widow Sallie Corbell Pickett penned this letter to her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Smith Pickett. "Lizzie" was the widow of Major Charles F. Pickett, the General's younger brother. (From the collection of H. Clay Pickett, III.)

VIEW the letter

   

This elaborately engraved sterling silver cup bears the following inscription:

The Bermuda Hundred Lines – George E. Pickett, Jr. – from his Father’s Friend – George Suckley – July 17, 1864

Gen. Pickett’s son was born in Richmond, Virginia during the siege of Petersburg on July 17, 1864.

 

Philippine Insurrection Medal    

This is the medal presented to
Maj. George E. Pickett, Jr. for his service during the Philippine Insurrection.

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