Courage & Contradiction

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  • Collection: Courtesy of Tommy Gonzalez

Canister Shot, 5 pieces. Of these individual pieces of canister shot, four have become slightly rusted.

Canister shot consisted of a metal can filled with as many as 48 iron balls. When shot from a cannon, these iron balls exit the barrel and…

Gutta Percha Lavage Syringe. This syringe is made of gutta percha, a sturdy rubber material, derived from the tree of the same name. Lavage syringes were used to rinse wounds and irrigate the ear canal.

Brass Three-Size Fleam for Bloodletting. This tool, called a fleam, is used to facilitate bloodletting. The smallest size is engraved with the brand, "Corwick".
Bloodletting was a practice implemented during the Civil War to attempt to heal soldiers…

Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife. This Civil War-era Bowie knife was hand made. The blade is approximately 10 inches long. The handle is hand carved wood. Named after the D-shaped nature of the guard, this large knife was popular during the war…

Scalpel. This metal scalpel has a wooden handle engraved with "The PS CO". The metal blade is engraved with E R J. Rodgers & Sons, 6 Norfolk St., Sheffield, England.

Scalpels were used in the course of surgeries during the war. Those suffering…

Amputation Saw. This serrated bone saw is approximately 16 inches long with a metal blade and wooden handle.
Compared to modern medicine, medical knowledge during the Civil War was limited. Many lost limbs due to battle wounds or subsequent…

This piece of wood features a .58 caliber minie ball deeply embedded in a piece of wood. Invented by the French army officer Claude-Etienne Minié in 1849, minie balls revolutionized battle. They were smaller than the diameter of the rifle and thus,…

Southern Cross of Honor Medal. This medal was created by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to be given postwar to Confederate veterans who showed valor in battle. The medals were created in 1898 and distributed beginning in 1900.

The back…

This 3 inch Hotchkiss Artillery Shell was a very common shell type manufactured in the Civil War.
The shell itself has a diameter just under 3 inches (2.97 inches) and is 5.5 inches long. It would have been shot from a 3 inch wrought iron rifle.

This .44 caliber New Model Remington Army Pistol was manufactured by Eliphalet Remington & Sons around 1863.
These pistols were highly prized by both Union and Confederate soldiers for their significant firepower and accuracy. For the Union it was…
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