Personal Items

More than anything else, the personal items of Civil War soldiers come with often the most poignant stories. A set of field eating utensils inscribed “For a Good Boy,” a sewing kit called a “housewife” carried by soldiers to mend their uniform, and a chess set, carved of wood while confined to a prison camp in the north. Items such as these allow the distant past to speak. Click on images to enlarge.

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