Courage & Contradiction

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  • Collection: Courtesy of Tommy Gonzalez

A copy of the New York Herald Newspaper from 1863.

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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…

Brass Religious Icon. This small statue of a saint is 3/4 inch tall and fits in a small brass case. It is of a Catholic saint, likely St. Francis of Assisi, due to the figure's clothing, the oversize cross, and long rosary.

Many soldiers kept…

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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…

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…

Clay Marbles. These eleven clay marbles are hand painted different colors with patterns and even paintings of small fruit on one marble.

To pass the time in between marches and battles many soldiers engaged in games for leisure. These marbles are…

The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of The Sacraments; and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to The Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the Psalter, or Psalms of David,…

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…

Display with Civil War-era Artillery. This display includes a variety of Civil War artillery of different sizes, including traditional bullets and the revolutionary minie ball. Two of these projectiles are deformed from impact.
The minie ball was a…

1860s-era Double Barrel Percussion Pistol. This pistol is metal with a wooden handle and does not feature a brand name. It has 3 inch barrels.

Such handguns were popular at the time because they featured rotating cylinders, allowing the soldier…
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