Old South Military Antiques

9th Mississippi Identfied Confederate Trousers
Item #: OS-6717

  9th Mississippi in Pensecola,Florida

James (Jim) S. Davidson was a seventeen-year-old shoemaker when he enlisted in Company K, 9thMississippi Infantry on February 17, 1861, in Hernando, Mississippi. He was present with his regiment throughout his twelve months’ service and reenlisted on March 27, 1862 for two years or the War.

The 9th Infantry Regiment was originally organized with 930 men at Corinth, Mississippi in March, 1861. The recruits from De Soto, Hinds County, Mississippi were organized into Company K. The regiment, under Colonel J.R. Chalmers, first served in Florida, at which time part of the regiment was photographed. The photograph is one of the most published and well-known Confederate images extant. Moving north again, they fought at Shiloh and saw action in Kentucky.

On December 31, 1862, at Murfreesboro, General James R. Chalmers’ Mississippi Brigade moved forward at 10 a.m. to attack the Union at the Cedar Thicket. Their advance was part of General Braxton Bragg's plan to crush the Union right flank early in the morning and then turn on the center. The ruins of the Cowan House obstructed their advance and forced the brigade to break and re-form in the area under a murderous crossfire of Union artillery and infantry fire from the thicket 200 yards to the northwest. After Chalmers was knocked senseless by an exploding shell, the unit retreated, leaving behind too many Mississippians. Private Davidson was wounded at the front near the "Cedar Thicket” and the regiment lost 8 killed outright, 5 missing and presumed dead, and 71 wounded.

Private Davidson had served constantly with his company until December 31, 1862, when he was wounded at the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was wounded in the arm in the "Cedar Thicket in front” (today this is known as the Round Forest). He is recorded as absent "sent to hospital” until he shows up on a "Report of Shoemakers unfit for duty” February 19, 1863. He is carried on the 9th’s surviving rolls until August, 1864. No further record is found.

Presumably his fall front trousers are in such good condition because Davidson had served in a non-combat role in the later years of the War due to his debilitating wound. However, it should be noted that in the 1861 photograph taken in Florida, the soldier on the viewer’s far right is wearing an identical pair of fall front trousers.

The condition is stellar, with no modern alterations or additions except that two of the rear buttons have been resewn. The only noticeable wear is to the rear of the bottoms of the pants legs, where the boot heel would rub. This is shown in the pictures. It would be virtually impossible to upgrade these fine trousers*. Confederate trousers are extremely rare; I have owned at least 20 Confederate frocks/jackets for every pair of trousers that I have owned.

*The trousers come with a notarized letter of provenance and a full examination report by Textile Preservation Associates.

Price $6,500.00 USD