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Who Was There That YOU Knew? [Advertisement for prints of Mathew Brady Civil War photographs : print Advertising], 1910

Publisher:
Review of Review Company, New York
Creator:
Patriot Publishing Company
Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. approximately 1823-1896
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 12.8" x 10"
Type:
Advertisements
Print advertising
Place:
United States
Date:
1910
Civil War, 1861-1865
1910-1920
Topic:
Photographers
Civil war
History
Local number:
AC0060-0001280 (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment
Notes:
Civil War Selections from the Archives Center
Summary:
Published by Review of Reviews Company, New York. Copyright 1910, Patriot Publishing Company, under photograph.
Cite as:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana - Civil War, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Civil War series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Henry Mosler Civil War diary

Creator:
Mosler, Henry, 1841-1920
Physical description:
Diary : 37 p. : handwritten, ill. ; 15 x 08 cm.
Type:
Writings
Date:
1862
Topic:
Civil War--United States
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10239
Summary:
The diary contains records of sketches Mosler made for Harper's Weekly, a narrative of his activities during 1862, financial notes, poems, names and addresses, and several sketches.
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Henry Mosler papers, 1856-1929
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Model 1864 Burnside Carbine

Patentee:
Burnside, Ambrose E.
Maker:
Burnside Rifle Company
Measurements:
overall, carbine: 39 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 100.33 cm x 5.715 cm
Object Name:
carbine
carbine, percussion
Place made:
United States
Date made:
ca 1863
Subject:
Firearms
Military
Civil War
Event:
Civil War
ID Number:
AF*209405
Catalog number:
209405
Accession number:
37586
Serial number:
17107
Description (Brief):
This .54 caliber breech-loading carbine was designed in the 1850s by Ambrose E. Burnside who became a Major General in the Civil War. It fired cartridges with copper or foil casings. The Union purchased over 55,000 of them for use by cavalry.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Starr Carbine

Patentee:
Starr, E. T.
Maker:
Starr Arms Company
Measurements:
overall, carbine: 37 3/4 in x 2 1/8 in; 95.885 cm x 5.3975 cm
Object Name:
carbine
carbine, percussion
Place made:
United States: New York, Yonkers
Subject:
Firearms
Military
Civil War
Event:
Civil War
ID Number:
AF*248842
Catalog number:
248842
Accession number:
48783
Serial number:
00061
Description (Brief):
The .54 caliber Starr carbine was designed by Ebenezer Starr, the son of gunmaker Nathan Starr, Jr. Its action was very similar to the Sharps carbine, using the trigger guard/lever to drop the breech block for loading. However, it did not perform as well as the Sharps in the field. Starr also produced a .52 caliber rimfire model, but they were not delivered until March and April of 1865.
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Currently not on view
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Confederate Army Frock Coat, Model 1861

Physical Description:
wool (overall material)
gray (overall color)
brass (buttons material)
Measurements:
average spatial: 40 in x 16 in; 101.6 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 39 in x 18 in x 3 in; 99.06 cm x 45.72 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
coat
Associated place:
United States: Virginia
Associated dates:
1861-1865
Subject:
Civil War Uniforms
Military Uniforms
Military
Civil War
ID Number:
1983.0860.01
Catalog number:
1983.0860.01
Accession number:
1983.0860
Description:
This Confederate Army frock coat would have been worn during the American Civil War. It is a single breasted gray wool frock coat with eight brass State of Virginia buttons down the front. The buttons depict the Virginia state motto of "Sic Semper Tyrannis" around an image of Virtus standing over a defeated Tyranny. The bottom button on the chest is missing, and two buttons are missing on the back waist. There are two locations with missing buttons on the back of the skirt. There are three smaller brass buttons on the right cuff and two on the left cuff. The top button is missing on the left cuff. There are cloth belt loops on each side just above the waist and secured with a small button on the upper end of the loop. There is single breast pocket in the left inside of the coat. The coat is fully lined with padded wool. Sleeves are lined with a polka-dotted fabric. The same fabric is used to make a fabric loop on the inside collar.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Confederate Army Surgeon’s Vest

Physical Description:
dark blue (overall color)
wool (overall material)
gold braid (braid material)
brass (buttons material)
Measurements:
overall: 19 in x 14 in; 48.26 cm x 35.56 cm
overall (padded): 19 in x 12 in x 3 in; 48.26 cm x 30.48 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
vest
Associated date:
1861-1865
Subject:
Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
Military
Civil War
ID Number:
AF*2142B
Catalog number:
2142B
Accession number:
18342
Description (Brief):
This vest was worn by a Confederate Army surgeon during the American Civil War. Single-breasted dark blue wool vest, which originally had eight brass eagle buttons. Four buttons starting with the second-most from the top down are currently missing. There are two horizontal slash pockets on the left side of the vest, and one on the right. The top left side pocket and the right side pocket are lined with 1/8" gold braid. Tied to the top button is a length of the gold braid. The back of the vest is made of brown cotton. There is an two piece adjustable strap at the back waist with a metal buckle. The two sides of the strap are tied together in a knot next to the buckle. The inside of the vest is fully lined with off-white cotton and is padded in the front. On the left side of the front chest is handwritten in brown and blue ink, "Dr. I.E. Nagle Surgeon, C.S.A."
Location:
Currently not on view
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
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Military Uniforms
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Confederate Army Frock Coat

Wearer:
Gibson, Francis B.
Physical Description:
brown (overall color)
wool (overall material)
brass (buttons material)
Measurements:
overall: 46 in x 16 in; 116.84 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 44 in x 17 in x 5 in; 111.76 cm x 43.18 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name:
coat
Associated date:
1861-1865
Subject:
Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
Military
Civil War
Event:
Civil War
ID Number:
AF*77555M
Catalog number:
77555M
310956.01
Accession number:
310956
Description:
This frock coat was worn by Confederate Army infantryman Frank B. Gibson while a member of Company D of the 26th Infantry of South Carolina. Single-breasted coarse brown wool "butternut" coat which formerly had six brass infantry "I" buttons. The top button and two bottom buttons are currently missing. There are two small brass buttons on the near the sides of the collar which depict a pinwheel design. There is a large pocket with a flap on each side of the coat. There is one breast pocket in the left inside of the coat. The coat is fully lined with the same brown wool. The chest lining is wool and is padded.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Civil War
Military Uniforms
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Confederate Army Major General Samuel Jones' Frock Coat, Model 1861

User; associated person:
Jones, Samuel
Physical Description:
grey (overall color)
wool (overall material)
gold lace (trim material)
gold (buttons material)
buff (facings color)
Measurements:
overall: 40 in x 16 1/2 in; 101.6 cm x 41.91 cm
overall (padded): 38 in x 17 in x 4 in; 96.52 cm x 43.18 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
coat
Associated date:
1861-1865
Subject:
Civil War Uniforms
Military Uniforms
Military
Civil War
Civil War
Confederacy
ID Number:
AF*18871
Catalog number:
18871
Accession number:
62349
Description:
This frock coat was worn by Confederate Army Major General Samuel Jones during the American Civil War. Conforms to the Model 1861 pattern as listed in the Uniforms and Dress of the Army of the Confederate States except for the lack of full facings at the cuffs and collar. Double breasted gray wool frock coat with two rows of nine large gilt general service eagle buttons grouped in threes down the front, two at the back waist, and three small buttons on each cuff. There is a single button at the top folds of each skirt tail. Both sides of the breast on the coat have button holes. There is a hook and eye closure at the collar. Above the cuff is a row of four elaborate 1/8" gold lace braids woven into an arabesque. The gold braid also lines the cuffs. The collar, both edges of the front of the coat, the edge of the top coattail, and an inverted "V" on the cuffs are trimmed with buff wool cording. On each side of the front of the collar is a wreat, with three stars enclosed and embroidered in gold with gold sequins. The center star on each side of the collar ornamentation is larger than the others. There is a left breast pocket. There are deep pockets in each coattail. The entire jacket is lined with black fabric. The lining of the sleeves is salmon-colored cotton twill. There is a loop of fabric at the inside back collar.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Military Uniforms
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Captain Woodbury Wheeler's Frock Coat, Model 1861

Physical Description:
wool (overall material)
gray (overall color)
red (trim color)
gold braid (trim material)
gold (buttons material)
Measurements:
overall: 34 in x 16 in; 86.36 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 33 in x 17 in x 4 in; 83.82 cm x 43.18 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
coat
frock coat
Associated date:
1861-1862
Subject:
Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Military
Civil War
ID Number:
AF*35675(4)
Catalog number:
35675(4)
Accession number:
99695
Description:
This frock coat belonged to Confederate Army Captain Woodbury Wheeler of the 10th Battalion of the North Carolina Artillery. Double breasted gray wool frock coat with two rows of seven large gilt artillery "A" buttons down the front, two at the back waist, and two small buttons on each cuff. The reverse of the buttons are marked: "Superior Quality" except for one which says: "Riveted and Soldered" with the image of a unicorn and a lion. Both the inner and outer breasts of the front of the coat have button holes. There is a hook and eye closure at the collar. There is a brass belt bolster at the left back waist seam. There is a heavy hook and eye at the front waist. The collar and cuffs are faced with red wool. Above the cuff there is are two rows of 1/8" gold lace ornamentation called an Austrian knot. The entire jacket is trimmed with red wool cording. There is a deep pocket in each coattail. The openings to the pockets are bound with red wool. The collar has three bars of 1/4" gold metallic tape on each side. The entire jacket is lined with a brown glazed cotton-wool mix fabric. The lining of the sleeves is cotton twill. The fronts of the jacket have been hand quilted in squares. There is a breast pocket in the front left.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Military Uniforms
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Confederate Army Brigadier General Marcus J. Wright’s Frock Coat

User; associated person:
Wright, Marcus Joseph
Physical Description:
grey (overall color)
wool (overall material)
gold braid (trim material)
buff (edging color)
gold (buttons material)
Measurements:
overall: 40 1/2 in x 17 in; 102.87 cm x 43.18 cm
overall (padded): 38 in x 20 in x 4 in; 96.52 cm x 50.8 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
coat
Associated date:
1861-1865
Subject:
Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
Military
Civil War
ID Number:
AF*34754
Catalog number:
34754
Accession number:
83543
Description:
This is Confederate Army Brigadier General Marcus J. Wright’s double breasted gray wool frock coat. The coat originally had two rows of eight large gilt eagle staff-type buttons down the front, placed in pairs. The bottom pair of buttons on the right side are now missing. Three small buttons are also missing on each cuff, and two buttons are missing on the bottom of each pocket in the rear of the coat. Both sides of the jacket have button holes. There is a hook and eye closure at the collar. The collar and cuffs are faced with buff wool and the cuffs form an inverted "V". There are four rows of elaborate 1/8" gold braided metallic lace, called an Austrian knot, sewed on with a single row of gold thread above the cuff. The gold tape also lines the cuff. The collar has a wreath with three gold stars enclosed and embroidered in gold and silver thread on each side. The center star on each side of the collar is larger than the others. The buttonhole flaps and front of the skirt are piped with blue wool. The coat is fully lined. The button flaps and the inside of the collar are lined with buff wool. The sleeves are fully lined with cotton twill. The rest of the lining is a tan-colored cotton. The chest, shoulder, and underarm are lightly padded and quilted. There is a slit breast pocket on the inside left. There is a deep pocket in each coattail in between the coat and the lining. There are remnants of a loop made of cotton at the inside back collar.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Military Uniforms
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Confederate Army Colonel Robert W. Harper's Frock Coat

Wearer:
Harper, Robert W.
Physical Description:
grey (overall color)
wool (overall material)
gold (buttons material)
gold braid (sleeve braid material)
blue (facings color)
Measurements:
overall: 40 1/2 in x 17 in; 102.87 cm x 43.18 cm
overall (padded): 39 in x 18 in x 3 in; 99.06 cm x 45.72 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
coat
Associated date:
1861-1865
Subject:
Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
Military
Civil War
Event:
Civil War
ID Number:
AF*42577
Catalog number:
42577
Accession number:
163704
Description:
This frock coat was worn by Confederate Army Infantry Colonel Robert W. Harper. Double breasted gray heather wool frock coat with two rows of seven large gilt infantry buttons with the raised letter "I" on the face down the front, two at the back waist, one at the bottom of each pocket opening on the rear skirt, and three smaller general service eagle buttons on each cuff. The bottom right button on the right front row is detached from its location and is tied to the top buttonhole with string. The back of the buttons read, "Halfmann & Taylor Montgomery." Both sides of the breast of the coat have button holes. There is a hook and eye closure at the collar. The collar and cuffs are faced with bright blue wool. The facing on the cuffs forms an inverted "V". Above the cuff there is a triple row of 1/8" gold braided metallic lace, called an Austrian knot, sewed on with a single row of gold thread. The gold tape also lines the cuff. The collar has three large five-point gold stars on each side which are woven onto the collar facing with thick metallic thread. There is a small slit pocket on the right front of the jacket above the waist. The buttonhole flaps and front of the skirt are piped with blue wool. The coat is fully lined. The button flaps and the inside of the collar are lined with blue wool. The sleeves are fully lined with cotton twill. The rest of the lining is a dark brownish green cotton. The chest, shoulder, and underarm are lightly padded and quilted. There is a slit breast pocket on the inside left. There is a deep pocket in each coattail in between the coat and the lining. There is a loop of brownish green cotton at the inside back collar.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Military Uniforms
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Licensee:
Colt, Samuel
Maker:
Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/4 in x 13 in x 1 3/4 in; 13.335 cm x 33.02 cm x 4.445 cm
overall: 1 3/4 in x 13 1/4 in x 5 3/8 in; 4.445 cm x 33.655 cm x 13.6525 cm
Object Name:
Revolver
revolver, percussion
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Date made:
1861
Subject:
Military
Revolvers
Civil War
Event:
Civil War
ID Number:
1980.0399.0696
Accession number:
1980.0399
Serial number:
103554
Catalog number:
1980.0399.0696
Description:
The Model 1851 Navy was Colt’s most popular percussion revolver. Nearly a quarter million of the iconic .36 caliber six-shot model were produced between 1850 and 1873. The term "Navy" refers to the caliber of the revolver, not necessarily the branch of service. The .44 caliber revolvers are called "Army" and .36 caliber revolvers are called "Navy." The 1851 Navy was used by a number of famous soldiers and lawmen as well as infamous outlaws in American history.
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Civil War
Revolvers
Exhibition:
Places of Invention
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Advertisement for Mathew Brady Civil War photographs [Print Advertising]

Publisher:
Review of Reviews Company, New York
Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. approximately 1823-1896
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 8.5" x 12"
Type:
Print advertising
Date:
1911
Ca. 1911
Topic:
Civil war
Local number:
AC0060-0001281-1 (AC Scan No.)
AC0060-0001281-2 (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment
Notes:
In Box 3, Folder 24.
Civil War Selections from the Archives Center
Summary:
Advertisement for Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, ca. 1911, Review of Reviews Company, New York.
Cite as:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana - Civil War, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, ca. 1724-1977
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Archives Center - NMAH
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Civil War Ballooning

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-05-31T15:21:23.000Z
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Civil War Ballooning
Description:
Tom Crouch, Senior curator in the National Air and Space Museum's Aeronautics Division, discusses Thaddeus Lowe and the birth of American aerial reconnaissance during the Civil War. This presentation was recorded on May 11, 2011 on the National Mall.
Views:
3,223
Video Duration:
11 min 26 sec
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YouTube Channel:
airandspace
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
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Civil War Ballooning

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-06-16T21:27:48.000Z
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Civil War Ballooning
Description:
The story of how Thaddeus Lowe reinvented reconnaissance at the encouragement of President Lincoln.
Views:
2,371
Video Duration:
3 min 6 sec
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YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianMagazine
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Smithsonian Magazine
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Civil War Monument [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Soldiers and Sailors Monument [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)
Artist:
MacNeil, Hermon Atkins 1866-1947
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Dedicated Aug. 4, 1905
Topic:
History--United States--Civil War
Animal--Bird--Eagle
Image number:
SSC S0001623
Notes:
On photo mount label: H. A. MacNeil and A.D.J. Hamlin. Monument to Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War. Whitinsville, Mass. Photographer? Classification number: 282/M169/480. Accession: 46948.
A.D.E. Hamlin was the architect.
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Photograph Archives
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
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Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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1864 Civil War Album Quilt Top

Maker:
unknown
Physical Description:
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
pieced, inscribed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 90 in x 60 in; 229 cm x 152 cm
Object Name:
quilt
quilt top
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Amherst
Date made:
1864
Subject:
Quilts
Civil War
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
ID Number:
TE*T14021.00B
Accession number:
272176
Catalog number:
T14021B
Description:
Three hundred eighty-four 3 ¾-inch squares of printed and plain white cottons were used to create this quilt top. The plain white squares were all inscribed in ink by many different hands. Several squares are dated “1864” and some state a place, “Amherst.” Most squares contain religious messages, but some secular inscriptions are evident: “Three cheers for the Red, white & blue 1864” and “God save Gen. Grant and his brave men.”
The pieced top was used to cover an older wool quilt (TE*T14021.00A) and the finished product was sent to a Union army hospital during the Civil War.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Sword Presented to Judson Kilpatrick

Recipient:
Kilpatrick, Judson
Maker:
Collins & Co.
Schuyler, Hartley & Graham
Physical Description:
steel (blade material)
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
brass (hilt material)
Measurements:
blade: 32 7/8 in x 1 in; 83.5025 cm x 2.54 cm
scabbard: 34 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in; 87.63 cm x 10.795 cm
overall: 40 3/8 in x 6 1/4 in; 102.5525 cm x 15.875 cm
overall, scabbard: 1 3/8 in x 4 in x 34 3/8 in; 3.4925 cm x 10.16 cm x 87.3125 cm
overall, sword: 4 in x 6 1/4 in x 40 1/4 in; 10.16 cm x 15.875 cm x 102.235 cm
Object Name:
sword
Place made for blade:
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Place made:
United States: New York, New York
Presented by/ in:
United States: Mississippi
Date made:
ca 1865
Subject:
Military
Edged Weapons
Civil War Presentation Swords
Civil War
Event:
Civil War
ID Number:
AF*801
Catalog number:
801
Description (Brief):
Presented to Brevet Major General Judson Kilpatrick by the Officers of the 3rd Cavalry Division of Mississippi
Description:
General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick received this sword around 1865 from the officers of his 3rd Cavalry Division. Kilpatrick, an 1861 West Point graduate, was a controversial cavalry leader during the Civil War. He was notorious for reckless tactics (he was known as “Kill-Cavalry”) and for womanizing.
The blade of this sword is long, straight, and double edged. The fuller is long and flat, and extends almost to the tip of the blade. Both sides are decorated in floral sprays in silver and gold chasing. On the obverse is a list of battles Kilpatrick participated in during the Civil War. The reverse of the blade features a "US" monogram, scroll designs, and military trophies. The grip of the sword is cylindrical and bears a banner engraved with the Latin motto, ""TUEBOR" / "I'll Secure Him"". The pommel is a cast of an eagle with one claw on a ball. The knuckle guard is a gold metal chain and connects to a horse's head about half way between the pommel and counterguard. The guard terminates in a small scroll design quillon. The counterguard features a cast of Kilpatrick riding a horse, surrounded by scroll designs and floral sprays.
The scabbard bears three gold mounts. The first features a diamond encrusted "K" surrounded by two angels with horns, a floral wreath, and floral sprays, and a curtain. The second mount features a US shield with diamond encrusted stars wrapped in a belt and surrounded by laurel leaves. The drag bears floral sprays. An inscription “PRESENTED / TO / Brevet Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick. / BY THE / Officers of the 3d. Cavalry Division. / MILITARY DIVISION, MISSISSIPPI” is engraved between the first two mounts. There are three carrying rings on this scabbard, one on each side of the top mount and one on the right side of the middle mount.
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Currently not on view
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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1863 Susannah Pullen's Civil War Quilt

Quilter:
Pullen, Mrs. Gilbert
Quilters:
unknown
Physical Description:
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
pieced; lined, quilted (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 84 in x 50 in; 213 cm x 126 cm
Object Name:
quilt
Object Type:
quilts
Place made:
United States: Maine, Augusta
Date made:
1863
Subject:
Quilting
Textiles
Civil War
Patriotic
Maine
Government, Politics, and Reform
Military
Quilts
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charlotte Pullen Scruton
ID Number:
TE*T07726
Accession number:
138338
Catalog number:
T07726
Description:
Mrs. Gilbert (Susannah G.) Pullen and her Sunday school class made this pieced quilt in Augusta, Maine in 1863. She followed the guidelines set by the U.S. Sanitary Commission for bedding to be used in the Civil War. The fourteen young ladies in the Sunday school class contributed over 150 inscriptions that were penned on the quilt's fifteen separate star-patterned blocks. They chose Bible passages, stories to uplift and guide, and riddles to which the answer was only to be found in the Bible. They also provided numerous inscriptions on practical health advice, patriotic messages, and light-hearted riddles. Even personal messages such as: "If you are good looking send me your photograph. Direct to the name in the large square. E.G.D." appeared on the quilt. It was hoped that the quilt would not only provide a diversion for the wounded soldiers during their long days recovering in hospital but also "alleviate or prevent disease and lead to happiness and Heaven." The numerous inscriptions on this quilt provide an insight into the feelings and concerns of the period and perhaps all war eras.
Susannah Pullen expressed hope for correspondence when she penned these words on the quilt: "We have many dear friends connected with the army & any proper letters from any persons embraced in the defense of our country, received by any whose names are on this quilt shall have a reply. Tell us if nothing more its destination. We meet with many others to sew for you every Wednesday and your letters would prompt us to more exertions for our patriots." Two letters remain with the quilt and attest to its use at the Carver and Armory Square Hospitals in Washington D.C. A letter from Sergt. Nelson S. Fales of Nov. 22, 1863 eloquently expresses his gratitude: "Dear Madam I have had the pleasure of seeing the beautiful 'Quilt' sent by you to cheer and comfort the Maine Soldiers. I have read the mottoes, sentiments, etc., inscribed thereon with much pleasure and profit."
On the back of the quilt Susannah Pullen penned these words: “The commencement of this war took place Apr. 12th 1861. The first gun was fired from Fort Sumter. God speed the time when we can tell when, and where, the last gun was fired; & ‘we shall learn war no more.’ If this quilt survives the war we would like to have it returned to Mrs. Gilbert Pullen, Augusta, Me . . . This quilt completed Sept. 1st 1863.” It did survive use during the Civil War, and it was returned to Mrs. Pullen as she requested.
Susannah G. Corey was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1816. She married Gilbert Pullen (1810-1890) April 26, 1840. Gilbert was listed as a marble cutter on the 1850 census. They lived in Augusta, Maine with their two daughters, Susan E. and Charlotte. Susannah and Gilbert were members of the First Baptist Church. Susannah died November 26, 1871, and is buried in the Forest Grove Cemetery in Augusta, Maine.
Susannah Pullen's Civil War Quilt was exhibited at a library in Augusta, Maine, for many years. Over time the inscriptions faded, but fortunately a transcription of them was made in the early-twentieth century. In 1936 Susannah’s granddaughter, Gertrude B. Davis, donated the quilt in her mother’s name, Charlotte Pullen Scruton. It is a reminder of the efforts of the many women who used their needlework and organizational skills to provide comfort for the armies of both the North and South.
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Civil War Naval Officers

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Sitter:
John Lorimer Worden, 1818 - 1897
Andrew Allen Harwood, 9 Oct 1802 - 28 Aug 1884
David Glasgow Farragut, 5 Jul 1801 - 15 Aug 1870
Theodorus Bailey, 1805 - 1877
Samuel Francis Du Pont, 27 Sep 1803 - 23 Jun 1865
Charles Henry Davis, 16 Jan 1807 - 18 Feb 1877
Andrew Hull Foote, 12 Sep 1806 - 26 Jun 1863
Silas Horton Stringham, 1797 - 1876
Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough, 1805 - 1877
Charles Wilkes, 3 Apr 1798 - 8 Feb 1877
David Dixon Porter, 8 Jun 1813 - 13 Feb 1891
Medium:
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 30 x 68.5 cm (11 13/16 x 26 15/16")
Sheet: 30.5 x 69.3 cm (12 x 27 5/16")
Mat: 50.8 × 91.4 cm (20 × 36")
Type:
Print
Date:
c. 1862
Topic:
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Exterior\Ship
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Clothing & Apparel\Accouterment\Epaulet
Equipment\Rope
Weapon\Cannon
Silas Horton Stringham: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer
Silas Horton Stringham: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Admiral
David Glasgow Farragut: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Admiral
David Glasgow Farragut: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral
David Glasgow Farragut: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Civil War\Union
John Lorimer Worden: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Admiral
John Lorimer Worden: Education\Administrator\Superintendent
David Dixon Porter: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
David Dixon Porter: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Admiral
David Dixon Porter: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral
David Dixon Porter: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Vice Admiral
Charles Henry Davis: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral
Samuel Francis Du Pont: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Admiral
Andrew Allen Harwood: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral
Andrew Allen Harwood: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Civil War\Union
Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer
Theodorus Bailey: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral
Charles Wilkes: Natural Resources\Explorer
Charles Wilkes: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral
Charles Wilkes: Science and Technology\Scientist\Earth Scientist\Hydrographer
Andrew Hull Foote: Literature\Writer
Andrew Hull Foote: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.81.38
Exhibition Label:
Since single portraits of national heroes sold well during the Civil War, publishers assumed that composite group portraits filled with many generals, cabinet members, or naval officers would be just as appealing. Yet as military leadership shifted and reputations rose and fell, the prints quickly became outdated. In this lithograph of Union naval officers, two of the heads are missing; either they had not yet been drawn or, more likely, they had been burnished out in preparation for adding new heroes. The figures in this print are (left to right): John L. Worden, Andrew A. Harwood, David G. Farragut, Theodorus Bailey, Samuel F. Du Pont, Charles Henry Davis, Andrew Hull Foote, Silas H. Stringham, Louis M. Goldsborough, Charles Wilkes, and David Dixon Porter.
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Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 110a
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
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