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Spencer Carbine
The Spencer carbine was one of the most popular firearms of the Civil War. Issued late in 1863, the Spencer carbine had a demoralizing effect on the Confederate soldiers. General James Wilson wrote, ďThere is no doubt that the Spencer carbine is the best firearm put into the hands of the soldier...
Conflict: Civil War
Category(s): Firearms, Military equipment , Union objects
Spiller & Burr Pistol
This type of Spiller & Burr revolver is based on the Whitney revolver. Spiller & Burr had to use brass for the frame. They used iron which they twisted in an ingenious process, for the cylinder. the Whitneyís cylinder had been steel. They were only able to produce about 1,500 revolvers while Whitney...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Firearms, Military equipment
Spotsylvania Stump
Until 12 May 1864, this shattered stump was a large oak tree in a rolling meadow just outside Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. That morning, 1,200 entrenched Confederates, the front line of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, awaited the assault of 5,000 Union troops from the...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Relics
Spyglass
Confederate States of America formally established its Confederate Signal Corps on 19 April 1862 making it the first independent branch of professional military signalmen in history. Signal messages were sent by means of flags, torches, or lights, by combinations of three separate motions. Where a...
Conflict: Civil War
Category(s): Confederate objects, Equipment, Individual, Espionage
Tarpley Breech-loading Carbine
On Valentine’s Day, 1863, Jere H. Tarpley was given a Confederate States of America patent on a breech-loading carbine. The carbines were in production for about a year at J. F. Garrett and Comapany in North Carolina. Only a few hunderd were made. The Tarpley carbine had a major flaw. It did...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Confederate objects, Firearms
“The Union is Dissolved!” Broadside
The Charleston Mercury’s “The Union is Dissolved” broadside was the first Confederate publication as South Carolina was the first state to secede. It went to press 15 minutes after the secession ordinance was passed. The editors commented, “Within a very few minutes after the...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Ephemera
Ulysses Grant’s Camp Chair
This camp chair was used by Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Military equipment , Union objects
Ulysses S. Grantís Field Glasses
Ulysses S. Grant was a West Point graduate who fought with distinction in the War with Mexico, but found post-war life in the West unbearable and resigned from the Army in 1854. When the Civil War began, he offered his services and soon took command of a volunteer regiment. In September 1861 he was...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Military equipment , Union objects
Ulysses S. Grantís Letter from Fort Donelson
On 16 February 1862 General Buckner surrendered Fort Donelson. The unconditional surrender created jubilation throughout the North and shock in Dixie. It was the Northís first major victory of the Civil War, opening the way into the very heart of the Confederacy. When Buckner asked for terms, Grant...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Ephemera, Union objects
Union Drum
This drum is a military issue rope-tension snare drum. It was used in the Civil War by Samuel Kyle, who served as a private in Captain James Christieís Company K, 22nd New Jersey Volunteers. The eagle embellishment on the side of the drum was a common design but varied from manufacturer to...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Music, Union objects

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