Button

Date:
c. 1861

An enterprising soldier made this button from a flattened bullet. Readily available and easy to work, lead was also a popular medium for soldier art.

Description (physical):

Lead. Dia 2.8 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0085
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Brooch

Date:
1840-1880

Most of Mary Lincoln’s clothes have not survived to present day. This pin was originally a button on one of her dresses that she gave to one of her nieces. Her niece saved one button, which she had made into this brooch.

Description (physical):

Onyx, gold. Dia 1.9 cm, D .6 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0017
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Godey’s Lady’s Book

Date:
1861

For ladies living away from major cities, Godey’s Lady’s Book with colored illustrations provided recipes, advice, literature and, most importantly, the latest fashions. Mary was probably a devoted subscriber.

Description (physical):

Paper, leather. H 24.2 cm, W 16 cm, D 4.5 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0018
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Union Officer's Dress Coat

Date:
c. 1862

This coat belonged to Major Ferdinand Brothers, a medical officer in the 8th Regiment Cavalry Missouri State Militia Volunteers.

Description (physical):

Wool, velvet, brass. L 89.3, W 42.6 cm (shoulder-to-shoulder)

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0008
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Shirt

Date:
1890-1895

In the center of the chest has monogrammed 'D' in red. This shirt was purchased at Philip T. Hall men's clothing in downtown in Wwashington, D.C. Anna, Douglass first wife, took great pride in caring for his clothes.

Description (physical):

Textile. L 82.7, W 60 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3139
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Vest

Date:
1890-1895

Douglass's personal vest made of linen. He wore this during the cool seasons.

Description (physical):

Textile. L: 66.5 cm, W: 37.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3140
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Suspenders

Date:
1890-1895

Frederick Douglass's suspenders.

Description (physical):

Textile, leather. L 88.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3141
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Belt Plate

Date:
1861-1864

Model 1851 rectangular brass sword belt plate with raised spread eagle and federal shield. This belt plate belonged to Daniel P. Reigle, 87th Pennsylvannia Volunteers.

Description (physical):

Metal. L 8.9, W 5.5, T .9 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0018
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park