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A soldier's boot

A Soldier’s Boot from Gettysburg- They were so valuable they were even pulled from the feet of dead men on the bloodstained battlefields and were used by prisoners to barter for supplies such as food or tobacco.

If the Union or Confederate soldier was not a horse-mounted cavalryman or officer, he was a foot soldier. Throughout the war, they marched long and hard, sometimes up to 30 or 40 miles a day. As a result, shoes became sorely needed by both sides.

There are many accounts of Rebels marching for miles barefoot during the winter. Often, Rebel foot soldiers with no shoes or poorly fitted ones were organized into separate commands to march apart from the rest of the troops on the soft grassy roadsides. Photo Credit Cowan’s Auctions. sold for 805.00$

From The Civil War Parlor

Minie Balls: small but lethal


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Minie Balls: Small but Lethal

The hollow base of the cone-shaped minie ball (named for French inventor Claude Minié) expanded when the gunpowder ignited, thereby catching its grooves in the interior rifling of the gun and increasing the velocity and accuracy of the bullet. The longer, effective firing range of minie balls also turned mass infantry assaults into mass slaughter until military tactics caught up with the destructive power of the new technology. The ubiquitous minie balls have been collected as battlefield souvenirs ever since.

Information from Library of Congress

Private J. Luman’s Skull…

“Wounded at the battle of Mine Run, Virginia, on November 27th, 1863, when a minie ball passed through his skull. He was treated in the field hospital for several days before being evacuated to the 3rd division hospital in Alexandria. By December 8th, Private Luman was comatose and Surgeon E. Bentley applied a trephine and removed the splinters of bone associated with the wound. His condition failed to improve and he died five days later.”

-The National Museum Of Health And Medicine
Washington, D.C.

From the Civil War Parlor

Jefferson Davis’ .44 (.54 bore) Kerr’s Patent Revolver

A Kerr’s Patent Revolver with provenance indicating that it was one of two presented by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to the commander of his personal escort, Captain Given Campbell, Duke’s Cavalry Brigade, May 4, 1865, shortly before Davis’ capture by Union forces.

The Confederacy imported about 7000 Kerr revolvers from England and these were issued to the 7th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 35th Virginia Cavalry as well as the 24th Georgia and 8th Texas (Terry’s Texas Rangers). This imported lot of Kerr revolvers represents far more hand guns than were ever produced by Southern Armories…

Thomas Custer, younger brother of George carried a captured Kerr revolver to his death at the Little Bighorn. The inscribed gun can be seen on display at the Custer Battlefield Museum in Garryowen, Montana…

From Defending the Heritage on Face Book

Personal items of Stonewall Jackson

Personal Items of Stonewall Jackson-
Jackson in death became an icon of Southern heroism and commitment, joining Lee in the pantheon of the “The Lost Cause”

Personal items of General Stonewall Jackson include an old high-topped forage cap, spurs which were on his boots when he was fatally wounded and the cloth showing blood from his wound. (Photo Credit: Tria Giovan/CORBIS)

Rare KIA Union Frock Coat


Rare KIA Union Frock Coat - Original 1862 issue infantry enlisted frock coat of Pvt. Wilfred Barker, Company G, 18th New Hampshire Infantry who died in action in an assault on Fort Stedman on April 2, 1865, before Petersburg, Virginia.

This frock, complete with original New Hampshire buttons, is a prime example of a state issued frock and is incredibly rare — very few exist even in museum collections. The coat is faded from age and has numerous areas of insect damage from the traces of blood on it…the vermin tend to attack those spots first. This coat is well documented and surfaced at an auction in New Hampshire about a decade ago and is accompanied by an original copy of the unit regimental history.

From The Civil War Parlor

Thieves take four pistols from Jefferson Barracks



  • Remington # 48038
  • Colt Army 19272
  • Colt Pocket Navy 197044
Colt Pocket Navy 197044

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SOUTH  ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO. (KTVI) – Four guns that were part of a history exhibit about the Civil War have been stolen from the site at Jefferson Barracks.  Organizers have gotten police involved, and have even taken to Facebook, in an effort to get them back.

The theft happened sometime prior to last Wednesday.  The exhibit, entitled “The Civil War in the West,” had been going on in the Ordinance Room at Jefferson Barracks since February.  It was set to end November 4th.  

It was last Wednesday, as organizers were packing the various historic items away, when they discovered the pistols were gone.  

On the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site’s Facebook page they said, “We were closing up / putting away the last exhibit, (Civil War in the West), and we noticed 4 pistols missing.”

A little over a mile away, where the new Missouri Civil War Museum is still under construction, experts there are perplexed.  They have no firsthand knowledge of these guns, but they also know there’s very little a thief could do with them.  These are not what you would use to knock over a liquor store.  

“No these are not the most efficient guns to use,” Gary Stevens of the Museum said,” and they’re obviously identifiable.”

Identifiable because of their age, and the fact the serial numbers of three of the four are recorded and even visible in photos of the weapons posted on Facebook.  That would make them nearly impossible to sell, if that’s what a thief had in mind.  

“I don’ t know what they’d be doing with them,” Stevens said.  

Stevens says the pistols could be worth thousands of dollars, depending on their age, how early in production they were made, and if they can be tied to the specific civil war soldiers that used them.  But he says the far greater value is to museums and historical displays.

“It’s a shame.  This is a piece of American history now that’s been found and now it’s gone missing.  Someone took it,” he said.

No one from the “Civil War in the West” exhibit could be reached for direct comment, though a spokesperson for St. Louis County did confirm the circumstances surrounding the thefts.  

According to the Facebook page, the missing weapons and their serial numbers are as follows:

Navy Colt pocket model 1851, serial # 197044
Army Colt model 1860, serial # 19272
Remington, serial # 48038
LaMotte pistol   

Facebook page for Jefferson Barracks Historic Site.

To Kill and to Heal: new exhibit at the Lincoln Library



The deadliest weapon of the Civil War was one that nobody could see, killing two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire.  The extraordinary casualties caused by that invisible killer, disease; the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale; horrific injuries suffered on the battlefield; and the heroic efforts of medical personnel to treat soldiers on both sides are described in detail in “To Kill and to Heal:  Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War,” a new exhibit that opens May 11 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

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Couple finds UCV Iron Cross grave marker on their property

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Springfield residents Wayne and Lydia Lackey hold the United Confederate Veterans Iron Cross grave marker they recently found on their property.

SPRINGFIELD, SC — Wayne and Lydia Lackey of Springfield say it’s not unusual for them to find artifacts on their property, known originally as Phillips Plantation,” but what they dug up recently has them puzzled.

 Wayne Lackey said he was planning to put in a corn field and had just tilled up an area when his wife, Lydia, pulled up a United Confederate Veterans Iron Cross.

“Lydia was out in the field pulling out the debris when she grabbed this metallic thing and pulled it out of the ground,” he said.

Mrs. Lackey said she realized it was a marker of some kind.

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