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Department receives Civil War-era sea chest

Jesse Walker and Sea Chest

Shipping log books dating back to 1850; diaries from pre- and post-Civil War America; newspaper clippings; and personal items such as photographs, eye glasses, a pocket watch and engraved silverware are just a few of the treasures LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology faculty have discovered in a recent gift to the university—a sea chest belonging to the Lord family.

Pocket watchThe sea chest last belonged to the late Evelyn Lord Pruitt, long-time friend, donor to the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology and sponsor of the LSU Coastal Studies Institute. The chest’s original owner was likely Pruitt’s grandfather, William A. Lord, who commanded ships that sailed to China, India, Europe and around Cape Horn.