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Ironstone Vegetable Dish
The CSS Alabama was a 1050-ton screw steam sloop of war. Built in Liverpool, England, it took to the sea as a merchant ship, but on 24 August 1862 she rendezvoused with a supply ship and was outfitted for war. For the next two years the CSS Alabama wrecked havoc on the sea born...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Confederate objects, Relics
John Brown Pike
As a boy of five, John Brown witnessed a slave his own age being beaten with a fire shovel. He vowed to become a foe of slavery. By the mid-1800s, Brown was fulfilling his vow. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 allowed the two territories to decide the issue of slavery by a popular ballot. The fight...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Edged Weapons
John Singleton Mosby’s Cavalry Jacket and Hat
This slouch hat was worn by John Mosby when he was wounded by federal cavalry in December 1864. According to Virgil Carrington Jones, author of Grey Ghosts and Rebel Raiders, this hat was left behind in a house in Rector’s Cross Roads, Virginia. Forty years later, Sarah Halstead, the...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Confederate objects, Military Uniforms
Kerr Pistol
Kerr revolvers were made from 1859-1866. The Kerr model could be fired either single or double action.
Conflict: Civil War
Category(s): Confederate objects, Firearms, Military equipment
Knife, Fork, and Plate from Libby Prison
This knife, fork, and plate was issued to prisoner of war Colonel John S. Crocker, 93rd Infantry Regiment, New York Volunteers, by the commandant of Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia, and used by him at Libby and Salisbury prisons, 1862.
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Household items, POW
Lanyard and Pick
Soldiers who were held prisoner faced enormous boredom. They would often find debris and use it to make objects to pass the time.
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Ephemera
LeMat Revolver
The LeMat revolver was a favorite of famous high-ranking Confederate officers, such as J. E. B. Stuart.
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Confederate objects, Firearms
Lincoln’s Henry Rifle
This gold mounted, engraved Henry rifle was presented to Abraham Lincoln in an effort to obtain his influence in their purchase for the war effort. This rifle was awarded the National Rifle Association Collectors Society Gold Medal as an outstanding historical firearm.
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Firearms, Union objects
M1842 Harpers Ferry Rifle
The Model 1842 Harpers Ferry percussion musket had a smoothbore barrel. After the adoption of the .58-caliber minie bullet in 1855, musket barrels were rifled.
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Firearms
Major General George McClellan’s Coat Worn at Antietam
General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North culminated in the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day battle in American history. More soldiers were killed or wounded at Antietam than all the American dead in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the...
Conflict: 
Civil War
Category(s): 
Military Uniforms , Union objects

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