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Pre-Civil War Doll which belonged to Matilda DuVal Baskette
The doll shown below belonged to MATILDA DUVAL BASKETTE (1834-1924) daughter of Alexander De La Plaunche DuVal and Margaret Gwin. She lived at Woodlawn Plantation in Mississippi. During the Civil War, just before the Battle of Vicksburg, the beloved home was sacked and pillaged by the invading armies of the North, and suffered the fate of so many of the old southern homes, either burned to ashes, leaving only lone chimneys as mute reminders of the cruel devastation of war; or else passed into alien hands who owned them as mere cotton growing, money - making investments ( p.45, The DuVals of Kentucky from Virginia ).