Joseph S. Dean, a native of Kentucky and a merchant in St. Louis, enlisted in Company C, 1st Missouri Infantry (CS) at Memphis, Tennessee, in July 1861 and was soon elected a first lieutenant. In January 1862 he was appointed an acting aide-de-camp to General John S. Bowen in the Army of the Mississippi. Dean was severely wounded at the Battle of Shiloh and died a few days later in Memphis, Tennessee.
Confederate silk bible flag, 1864. This miniature, hand-stiched flag commemorates a child's birth with an inscription in French: "This confederate flag was present at the birth of Anatole. Friday, January 8, 1864. He was born during the war." The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Clyde Cucullu.