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Civil War Connections

What people made, used, and wore during the Civil War. Artifacts from the Charleston Museum's collection, as well as other fine museum across the United States.

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Moiré silk taffeta dress, c. 1862. Charleston Museum

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Shenkl shell, Allegheny Arsenal (attributed), Pittsburgh, PA, 1860-65. Numerous Shenkl shells of varying calibers are still found around Charleston, SC, most of which appear to have been fired by Admiral John A. Dahlgren’s naval gunships during the Siege of Charleston 1863-1865. Charleston Museum

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Incendiary Parrott Shell, unmarked, United States, 1860-63. Charleston Museum

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Charleston Mercury Extra announcing the "The Union is Dissolved!" This particular copy has an inscription written in pencil at the bottom. It reads: “You'll regret the day you ever done it. I preserve this to see how it ends. Dec 21 / [18]60 [signed] JW Harrisson.” [more to the story!] Charleston Museum

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Green taffeta dress in two parts (bodice), American, about 1865. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

case shot, c. 1850-65. Charleston Museum

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British cotton and wool dress ca. 1865. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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1860–64 British silk dress. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Daydress, 1855-65. Mint Museum

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Cotton dress, 1860-64. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mary Lincoln’s Purple Velvet Ensemble This outfit believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly and worn by the first lady during the winter social season of 1861–62. All three pieces are piped with white satin. The daytime bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. Its lace collar is of the period but is not original to the bodice. The evening bodice is trimmed with lace and chenille fringed braid. National Museum of American History

Brethren: Charleston's Militia and the Civil War. On exhibition September 14 - June 3, 2013.

Pictured is Captain Carsten Nohrden (1827-1861), who served in the Columbia Battery of the German Artillery, standing center (with right index finger pointed) flanked by other officers of Charleston’s German Artillery. His German Artillery officer’s sword, c. 1861 (pictured within this Pin Board) can be seen at his left hip. Charleston Museum.


The tall fur Washington Light Infantry shako , c. 1878, belonged to Captain J. T. W. Flint of Charleston. Charleston Museum.


Leather boots, part of Charleston Light Dragoons uniform, c. 1886. Worn by Capt. Samuel Gaillard Stoney. Charleston Museum.


Sumter Guards shako, c. 1875, was worn by R. E. Evans of Charleston. It was made by Baker & McKenney. Charleston Museum.


Charleston Light Dragoons helmet, c. 1893. Worn by William Lowndes (Charleston, 1872-1964), son of Richard D. I’on Lowndes & Alice Izard Middleton. The helmet has the palmetto and South Carolina seal on the front crescent. The horsehair braid is typical for mounted units (dragoons). Charleston Museum.


German Artillery officer’s sword, c. 1861. Worn by Captain Carsten Nohrden (1827-1861), who served in the Columbia Battery of the German Artillery. Charleston Museum


Charleston Light Dragoons uniform, c. 1886. Worn by Capt. Samuel Gaillard Stoney (Charleston, 1853-1926). Charleston Museum.


Marion Artillery uniform, c. 1875, worn by Andrew Burnet Rhett (Charleston, 1831-1879) who fought with the Marion Artillery in the Civil War. Click for images of full uniform, including shako. Charleston Museum.

Clay Pipe with Effigy (possibly intended to be Abraham Lincoln) excavated from a Federal army encampment site on Folly Island. Charleston Museum

Shoes (Jefferson Brogans) excavated from a Federal army encampment site on Folly Island. Charleston Museum.

Prosthetic Hand and Forearm of Colonel Peter Charles Gaillard (Charleston, SC) who lost his hand during the Federal siege of Morris Island in 1863. Gaillard later served at the Battles of Cold Harbor and Petersburg and was elected Mayor of Charleston in November 1865. Charleston Museum.

Table and Chairs used to draft South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession in Charleston on December 20, 1860. The tall-back chair (at right) was used by D.F. Jamison, president of the Secession Convention, at the signing of the Ordinance at Institute Hall on Meeting Street. Charleston Museum.

Banner of 1st Company (A), Battalion of Artillery, part of the garrison of Fort Moultrie under the command of Captain William R. Calhoun. Charleston Museum.