Portable Writing Desk

Date:
c. 1861

This portable writing desk belonged to Lieut. John L Wright, Co K, 34th Pennsylvannia Volunteers. Wright, from Lancaster County, PA was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in Company K, 34th PA Regiment on May 15, 1861. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on July 21, 1861, and Adjutant on May 27, 1863.

Description (physical):

Wood, cloth, brass. W 51.8 cm, L 46 cm, H 13.7 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0001
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Diary

Date:
c. 1863

Blood-stained diary of Alfred S. Rowe, Company C, 6th Maryland Volunteer Infantry. Shows passage of a bullet through the top.

Description (physical):

Paper, leather. L 14.6, W 7.5, T 1.0 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0042
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Ink Jar

Date:
c. 1861

This ink bottle was unearthed from the site of an army camp near La Grange, Tennessee.

Description (physical):

Ceramic. L 5.5, DIAM 3.0 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0046
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Pocket Diary

Date:
c. 1861

Unique design for a diary that used thin sheets of ivory that fold out like a fan. The diary had a sheet for every day of the week that allowed the owner to keep pencilled notes for the week.

Description (physical):

Ivory. Closed L 8, W 4 cm.

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0047
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Pen

Date:
c. 1861

Pen used by William Grinstead, Surgeon of Volunteers, Union Army.

Description (physical):

L 16.5 cm, Diam 1.5 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0048
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Letter

Date:
September 24, 1861
Creator:
A.E. Lapham

Transcription: "Eagle Hill, Sept. 24/ 61 / I received your kind leter baring date of 16. Was verry glad to heer from you and heer fro(?) that you well. I received a leter from DHL. She wrote that _J was verry sick with the fever though it a doutful case if he recovers. I hope that the next mail will fetch me a leter stating that he is getting well but I feer it will be that he is gon to the land of the sperrits. If it is gods will to take him why should I murmer. I should not but since I herd that he was so sick I havnot slept seers (?) enny perhaps that I mid hav slept better but I am quite sick myself. I expect to come home next weak if I am not beter but I haap that I shall bee better soon fore thare would not bee mutch fun in cumming home sick for the goverment is obliged to pay mi bills unless thay discharge me from the rigement. I will cloas by wishing you good by, this from AE Lapham to his sister HH Lapham, Derect to AE Lapham Co. D, 5 Rig., ME, Alaxandria, VA, Pleas write soon". Written on unlined bi-fold paper with the upper half of the front page taken up by a woodcut portrait of General George B. McClellan in black inside an oval frame of alternating red stripes and blue stars, blue spread eagle at top of frame with E PLURIBUS UNUM banner, crossed US flag and muskets with wreath and banner at bottom, wreath reads "Gen'1 McClellan"; folded, slightly soiled and yellowed on front and back pages.

Description (physical):

L 20.5, W 12.5 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0050
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Tools

The broad range of items recovered from the sunken ironclad reflects the many daily activities of the U.S.S. Cairo crew.

Description (physical):

Drawing pen: Wood. L 13.3, Dia .8 cm; Pencil: Wood. L 17.6, Dia .8 cm; Ice pick: Ferrous metal, wood. L 16.5, Dia (handle)2.2 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0059
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park