Union Cavalry Musician's Jacket

Date:
c. 1854

This colorful shell jacket was first introduced in 1854. The bright yellow stripes helped to distinguish a cavalry bugler at a distance.

Description (physical):

Wool. L 66.0 cm, W 49.0 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0009
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Hospital Flag

Date:
c. 1863

This US Army Medical Department flag was hung outside of a house, church, barn or post to mark that the structure was being used as a hospital. The flag heading has "E&H" stamped on it. Evans and Hassall was business in Philadelphia that operated from 1859-1866. Army branches were assigned a color; sky blue for infantry, red for artillery, yellow for cavalry, and green for the medical branch.

Description (physical):

Wool bunting with cotton. 13 7/8" x 28 3/8"

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0006.0011
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

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

Drawing

Date:
c. 1863
Creator:
Jacob L. Bechtel

This drawing of a log hut with a smoking chimney and two individuals standing inside the doorway has the following pencil inscription, “Winter Quarters on the Rapidan”. It was drawn on half of piece of foolscap and tri-folded. The artist, Jacob L. Bechtel, was a member of the 59th New York Volunteers.

Description (physical):

Paper, pencil. L 19.8, W 12.7 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0019
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Seated Soldiers

Date:
October 3, 1863

Captain Henry C. Newton, 93rd New York and an unidentified Union officer seated in front of a tent. In ink on reverse is “Taken at Culpeper CH Va Oct 3d, 1863, Presented to Martin A Newton by his brother Henry C Newton Capt 93rd NY Vols. Camp near Brandy Station VA. Nov 17th 1863.”

Description (physical):

Paper

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0020
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Toothbrush, Lice Comb, Hand Mirror

Date:
c. 1861

This toothbrush was found on the Gettysburg battlefield after the battle. This comb's fine teeth allowed a soldier to comb disease-carrying lice out of their hair. This shaving mirror belonged to James King of Company G, 118th New York Infantry. It is designed so that it can be hung from a ring or use a fold-out stand.

Description (physical):

Toothbrush: L 16.6 cm. Lice Comb: Ivory; L. 6 cm, W 4.5 cm. Hand Mirror: Metal, glass; Dia 9 cm.

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0022
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Shaving Cup, Shaving Brush, Soap Dish, Razor

Date:
c. 1861

This ingenious metal shaving cup was made with a separate compartment to hold a shaving brush. It belonged to Isaac Harlow, Company A, 11th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. This shaving brush was used by Sgt. Emanuel Brailies, Company D, 110th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The shaving soap dish was used by James Parson, Company M, 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. This 'cut throat' razor was widely used.

Description (physical):

Shaving Cup: Metal; H 11 cm, Dia 7.5 cm. Shaving Brush: Wood, bristle; L 12.0, Dia 3.0 cm. Soap Dish: Wood; L 4.3, Dia 11.5 cm. Razor: Metal, bone; L 16.6, W 2.7, T 1.1 cm.

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0024
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Carte-de-vsite Of John Shipman And His Daughters

Date:
c. 1860s

Photographs of family and friends helped remind soldiers of the life that awaited them once the war was over. Here, John Shipman, Company F, 13th Connecticut Infantry poses with his daughters Julia and Junie.

Description (physical):

Paper. H 9 cm, W 6 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0060
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Carte-de-visite Of Lieutenant Henry Sheriff

Date:
c. 1860s

A soldier’s photograph was often sent home to his parents or a sweetheart. Here 2nd Lieutenant Henry Sheriff, Company C, 4th United States Colored Troops poses for a portrait in Alleghany, Pennsylvania.

Description (physical):

Paper. H 9 cm, W 6 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0061
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Photograph [ambrotype]

Date:
1861

All too often the high cost of duty is captured in images of young couples just starting a life together. Here George W. Sandoe and his wife Diana are seen in an ambrotype taken two years before George was killed in a skirmish with Confederate cavalry near Gettysburg on June 26, 1863.

Description (physical):

Glass, paper. H 9.3, W 9.3, T 1.2 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0062
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park