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fabric fragment

unknown place made
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overall: 1 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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Small piece of black fabric. Rectangle piece of paper with a hand written note accompanies the black piece of fabric. Note reads, "Crape worn by John E. Wilkins Adjt 16th- Ind Vols on the death of Pres Lincoln." To see excerpts from John Wilkins' diary, and the other related Wilkins artifacts, go to the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection website and search for the John E. Wilkins curated grouping of artifacts titled "A Civil War Soldier: John E. Wilkins of Vigo County, Indiana" or copy and paste the following URL into a browser: http://www.lincolncollection.org/collection/curated-groupings/category/john-e-wilkins/ Several more items from Wilkins' military service are in this collection: Zouave jacket, 71.2009.082.0522; Officer's sash, 71.2009.082.0700; Epaulets, 71.2009.082.0715; Part of a sword belt, 71.2009.082.0716; Belt and buckle, 71.2009.082.0717; Mess kit spoon, 71.2009.082.0719; Civil War blanket pin, 71.2009.082.0718; Wadsworth Pipe razor, 71.2009.082.0720a-c; Razors, 71.2009.082.0721a-c; Crepe worn during Lincoln's funeral events, 71.2009.082.0048; John E. Wilkins photograph taken later in life, LN-2595; 1855 Indiana State Fair ribbon, 71.2009.082.0208; 1860 Indiana State Fair ribbon, 71.2009.082.0209; Three volume diary and other paper artifacts are housed at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Part of The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum