Pocket Watch, c. 1855, marked by English maker “E.S. Yates & Co. Liverpool”, owned by Robert Evander McPherson, a soldier in the 8th SC Volunteers. McPherson noticed that his coat was w/out pockets. His wife sewed one in, thus allowing him to carry his gold watch off to battle with him. July 1862, McPherson was mortally wounded at Malvern Hill. In an effort to properly identify her husband’s remains, Mrs. McPherson searched out the pocket & found this watch still inside. Charleston Museum.
CIVIL WAR BULLET WOUND OF THE EYE, 1864 During the Civil War Reed B. Bontecou, MD Surgeon in Charge of Harewood US Army Hospital in Washington DC photographed wounded soldiers in artistic poses documenting their wounds. He was the first to apply photography to produce wounded and healed state photographs and it the first attempt to show the results of treatment and healing in soldiers.
Civil war soldier's carried about 40 pounds while on the march. Canteen for water, haversack for food and knapsack for sleeping/personal items. Cap box, cartridge box, bayonet and musket or rifle were all for fighting.