Courage & Contradiction

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Letter from Mary J. and Sarah E. Boultinghouse to Daniel B. Boultinghouse, dated December 20, 1863. Mary Jane wrote about writing previous letters on the 5th, 7th, 16th and 17th. The second part of the letter, written on the 24th of December, talks…

A Confederate States of America bond for $500 issued on October 8, 1862. This bond features a bond maturity date of "July 1, 1873" in the upper left corner and is signed by Robert Tyler. 17 twenty dollar coupons are attached to the bottom. It is…

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…

This section includes historical information regarding the Civil War, both in Texas and throughout the nation. It includes a historical overview, timeline, information regarding battles and weaponry, and a list of select Williamson County Civil War…

Battle hymn of the Republic. By Mrs. Julia Ward Howe. Published by the Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments

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…

Certificate of Disability for Daniel B. Boultinghouse dated July 14, 1862. Surgeon John E. Walker examined Daniel and found him to be unfit to perform military service due to chronic lung disease.
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