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CIVIL WAR MEMORABILIA

Civil War memorabilia can be found in a variety of collections in Special Collections and University Archives. Click on the images below to view a larger version of the image.



The remains of a rusted bayonet were dug up by James G. Stahlman at his former home on Graybar Lane. This site is just east of Hood's Hill on the Hillsboro Pike where Walthall's division was in combat on the first day of the Battle of Nashville on December 5, 1864.
[From the James G. Stahlman Papers.]

 

 

Lancet


Lancet (or "bleeder"), a sharp pointed, double-edged surgical instrument used in opeing veins for bloodletting.
[From the Mary Margaret and John L. Farringer, Jr. Collection.]

 

 

Bullet Mold


Lead bullet mold used to create bullets for cap and ball revolvers. It can make more than one type of bullet depending on where the molten lead is poured.
[From the James G. Stahlman Papers.]

 

 

Tent Spike


Calvary Picket Peg used to tether a horse. Found on campus, and most likely from a Union encampment near present day West End Avenue.
[From the Vanderbilt University Memorabilia Collection.]

 

 

Cap and Ball Revolver

An example of a cap and ball revolver in use before, during and after the Civil War. This revolver was made in England and brought to the United States by Major Thomas Geddes in 1848. Guns of this type were commonly found in the hands of Confederate officers.
[From the James G. Stahlman Papers.]

 

 

Gun Care Wooden Case


Wooden case containing equipment to care for the revolver above and keep it in good working order.
[From the James G. Stahlman Papers.]

 

 

Surgical Kit


Case of medical instruments taken by R. S. Sommers from a Confederate surgeon below Vicksburg, Mississippi, June 30, 1862.
[From the Mary Margaret and John L. Farringer, Jr. Collection.]

 

 

Union Cavalry Saber

Saber with original scabbard owned by a Union Army cavalry soldier.
[From the Vanderbilt University Memorabilia Collection.]

 

 

Union Cavalry Saber Hilt

Closeup of the Union Army cavalry saber listed above.
[From the Vanderbilt University Memorabilia Collection.]

 

 

Hammerlock from a Rifle


A rusted hammerlock from a rifle which was dug up by James G. Stahlman at his former home on Graybar Lane. This site is just east of Hood's Hill on the Hillsboro Pike where Walthall's division was in combat on the first day of the Battle of Nashville on December 5, 1864.
[From the James G. Stahlman Collection.]

 

 

Cavalry Insignia


Union Army kepi insignia. The crossed sabers designate the soldier as a cavalry soldier.
[From the James G. Stahlman Historical Autograph Collection.]

 

 

Infantry Insignia


Union Army kepi insignia. The bugle designates the soldier as an infantry soldier.
[From the James G. Stahlman Historical Autograph Collection.]