Confederate Museum to send a part of the collection on the road (Article no longer available from the original source)
At any given moment, only 10-15% of the Confederate museum's memorabilia is on show. The rest remains tucked away in cabinets. In 2011, a part of the collection is scheduled to go on the road, touring to three historic Virginia sites. The satellite exhibits will draw upon a vast number of artifacts. The 15,000 items include: 3,000 military accouterments - spurs, saddles, tack, belts, medals and buttons totaling 1,000. 510 of the 13,000 known civil war flags in existence, including one stitched by Robert E. Lee's wife and 4 daughters. 250 uniform pieces, including the one Lee wore when he surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox in 1865.
Former museum board member Matthew Boire also stole $3,000 Civil War uniform
The last time Matthew Boire admitted "taking" items from a local museum he got probation, but this time he may be facing jailtime. In a second round of criminal allegations linked to civil war memorabilia stolen from the Clinton County Historical Association, he pleaded guilty to another charge. Boire has been on probation since he admitted stealing several items, some of which he sold on eBay. But at the time, he failed to reveal that he also had a $3,000 Civil War uniform that belonged to the museum. He previously said he was selling museum collections to help the association, though he never had permission and never turned over any of the money he made.
Magnolia man owns old civil war uniforms, medical treasures (Article no longer available from the original source)
When Chris Foard started collecting nursing artifacts 20 years ago, it was just a simple hobby. But at some point it developed into an addiction. Today, he has 1,500 pieces of nursing memorabilia, including photographs, uniforms, medical equipment and other historic treasures. Many of his artifacts date back to the Civil War, a time when nursing was just getting started in America. Mr. Foard said it's exciting to own such rare pieces of American history. "When I see these medals, I think, 'Gosh, a nurse wearing that could've met Abraham Lincoln, or she could've been in surgery with General Grant,'"
Authentic Civil War Uniform Featured on Auction
A uniform belonging to 1st Lt. Nelson Ephraim Prentice of Payne, Ohio, an officer in Company M, 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Heavy Artillery, has made its way to Manion's International Auction House in Kansas City. "This kind of item is a dream of a find for a serious historian or collector. The uniform itself is rare enough, but when you add the documentation, and all of the other items that come with this collection, it's absolutely astounding. We are honored the Prentice family chose Manion's to broker the sale."
Civil War uniforms and flags on display (Article no longer available from the original source)
In the Civil War, the most colorful soldiers on the battlefield didn't wear blue or gray. The volunteer units known as the Zouaves fought for the Union, and many of the regiments hailed from New York. Some of their eye-catching uniforms and the flags they carried into battle are on display at the Capitol in Albany and the New York State Military Museum. Thousands of New Yorkers joined Zouave units, attracted by their flamboyant uniforms consisting of red baggy trousers, blue jackets and red tasseled fezzes. The Americans copied the style from French military units that had adopted the uniforms from Algerian tribes they defeated in the mid-1800s.
Sharing Civil War Treasures (Article no longer available from the original source)
Mike Clarke always has been fascinated by the Civil War. Even as a boy, he said, he collected uniform buttons, field gear and other artifacts. "I just fell in love with the period," he said. "I had an interest in history, and this is a piece of history." Today, Clarke's collection of Civil War memorabilia encompasses thousands of items, including uniforms, rifles, caps, swords, pistols, boots, belts, canteens and cartridge boxes. The collection is valued at nearly $1 million.
Color images of Civil War uniforms by ranks
These color images were scanned from the OFFICIAL MILITARY ATLAS OF THE CIVIL WAR.