Knife

Date:
c. 1861
Creator:
U.S. Navy

Many of these square bladed knives used for cutting rope were found on board the Cairo.

Description (physical):

Ferrous metal. L 2.11, W 2.9 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0017
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Knife

Date:
c. 1862

One of many pocket knives recovered.

Description (physical):

Bone, ferrous metal. L 18.9, L Blade 9.5, W 2.5 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0037
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Drafting Set

Both Robert E. Lee and his oldest son, George Washington Custis Lee, were graduates of the US Military Academy, the finest engineering school in the country at the time. Drafting tools of this type were essential possessions of both men. R. E. Lee was an accomplished engineer. His improvements to the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri saved that city from financial ruin and helped keep that “Gateway to the West” open. He also worked on fortifications in Savannah, GA, Baltimore, MD and New York City.

Description (physical):

Mahogany, brass, paper. L 21.8, D 12.7, H 4.8 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0015
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial