Artifact Showcase

Browse our gallery of artifact photography to see featured artifacts from our Collection. High-resolution digital photographs coupled with Zoomify technology allow museum staff, visitors, and researchers to study and explore artifacts up close and personal without putting the artifact at risk.  

The Museum of the Confederacy uses the Zoomify feature to allow site visitors to examine high resolution photographs of select artifacts in the Collection. Click on any of the images below and zoomify in to see these items as if you were peering at them through a magnifying glass!

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Can you find this detail in one of the images below?

Manassas Sheet Map | Zoomify »

The bedsheet provides the canvas for a rough sketch (map) of the battlefield at Manassas drawn by a patient in a temporary hospital and presented to Dr. J. C. Nott, Surgeon in charge. Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard wrote the following inscription under the drawing in ink, "A correct rough sketch of the battlefield at Manassas - July 21st 1861 - P. T. Beauregard."

Duckett Souch Hat | Zoomify »

Slouch hat worn by Sgt. Thomas J. Duckett, Company I, 3rd South Carolina Volunteers. The hat has two bullet holes received during the battle of Chickamauga. A photograph of veteran Sgt. Duckett posing with the hat can be seen at:

Robert E. Lee Colt Revolver | Zoomify »

Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver used by General Robert E. Lee during the Civil War. It was engraved by the W.L. Armsby Company, New York. According to Lee's son, his father carried this pistol in the saddle holster rather than in his belt holster while on the field of battle.

Lodge Colton CN Belt | Zoomify »

The Confederate Navy belt and plate belonged to Lodge Colton, who was Master's Mate on the Confederate Cruiser Shenandoah. The belt plate is thought to be the only one of its type in existence. Colton was appointed from Maryland and served as Acting Master's Mate (as of October 8, 1864) aboard the CSS Shenandoah during 1864 - 1865.

General Lee's Belt and Buckle | Zoomify »

Two-piece tongue and wreath Virginia State Seal belt plate, on belt belonging to and worn by General Robert E. Lee.

Hair Necklace | Zoomify »

Hair necklace with locket containing two photographs (believed tintypes) of Lucy Ellen Nalle Yewell and Lieutenant Joseph Henry Yewell, Company A, 1st Kentucky Cavalry, "Orphan's Brigade". The locket is engraved with "Sallie L. Yewell" on one side, and the abbreviation, "K.S.H.T.W.S.S.T." on the other side. Joseph Yewell may have been a Freemason, as the "K.S.H.T.W.S.S.T." symbol indicates that the person had completed the cryptic degrees of the York Rite and was a "Royal Arch Mason" in the York Rite Degrees of Freemasonry.

Cicero Bowman Kepi | Zoomify »

Artillery enlisted man's kepi worn by Cicero Bowman, who is believed to have served in a Georgia regiment. Bowman enlisted at 18 years of age and died in camp from exposure.

Rains Pistol | Zoomify »

Spiller & Burr revolver made in the Confederacy and sent by the manufacturer to George Washington Rains as specimens of Confederate work while he was Commandant of Confederate Arsenal at Augusta, Georgia.

Stuart Belt Buckle | Zoomify »

Belt buckle of the U.S. pattern 1851, worn by Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown Stuart during the war.

Surgeon's Kit | Zoomify »

According to the label with the case, "This case of surgical instruments used in the amputation of Stonewall Jackson's arm in the closing days of the Civil War. These instruments were given by Dr. J. R. W. Dunbar, a distinguished surgeon of Baltimore to his pupil Dr. J. L. Schock in 1865. (Signed) Floyd Shock Oct 1934." However, corroborative evidence is sketchy, and it would appear that the given history is highly doubtful. Several of the instruments (nippers, forceps) are not original to the case.

CN Belt Buckle | Zoomify »

Two-piece Confederate Navy belt plate. History unknown.

Alfred Goodwin Shell Jacket | Zoomify »

Shell jacket of Alfred Mercer Goodwin, Jr., who served in Sturdivant's Battery Virginia Artillery, and the 12th Battalion Virginia Artillery. He drew clothing on August 29, 1864. When he personally donated this item to the MOC in 1922, he wrote, “I have my old Confederate (Artillery) (Standard) uniform. Made of English goods … It is like the owner, old and most worn out, but is priceless. I have worn it on every reunion that I could since Appomattox…."

Balloon in frame | Zoomify »

Silk fragment from the Confederate hot air balloon, “Gazelle.” The balloon was stitched from silk dress fabric under the direction of Captain Langdon Cheves, and flew before Battle of Gaines Mill in 1862. The balloon was captured on July 3, 1862, while being moved aboard the armed tug, CSS Teaser, on the James River – which could be considered the world’s first aircraft carrier.

Henry Rifle | Zoomify »

Lt. Col. George Alexander Martin owned this Henry Lever Action repeating rifle. It was presented to him in Charlotte, NC, in honor of his being a staff officer in defense of President Jefferson Davis during his flight from Richmond in 1865.

Harrison Tomlin Portrait | Zoomify »

This is a portrait of Harrison Ball Tomlin (1815-1897), painted by Louis M. D. Guillaume, ca. 1850-1870. Tomlin was the colonel of the 53rd Virginia Infantry from its organization in January 1862 until his resignation in January 1863. He then served as a delegate to the Virginia Assembly for 17 years.

Jeb Stuart Saddle | Zoomify »

Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown Stuart used this U.S. McClellan saddle during the war.

Robert E. Lee Saddle | Zoomify »

This is a saddle used by General Robert E. Lee on Traveller during the Civil War. The Grimsley pattern is modified in this saddle in the appearance of the pommel and cantle. Modifications may have occurred as a result of Lee's participation on the military board that dealt with saddle trials in the pre-war U.S. Army.

Lee's Sword | Zoomify »

Gen. Robert E. Lee owned this sword and scabbard during the war. It was a gift from an unnamed Maryland Confederate sympathizer in 1863 (one possibility is Samuel H. Tagart, of Baltimore, Maryland; Lee stopped at his home both before and after the war); it is believed Lee would not name the donor for fear of Federal reprisal upon him. This is the only known example of an edged weapon made exclusively for the South and which bears Confederate inscriptions from the maker (Devisme of Paris, France). Lee wore this sword to the surrender at Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865.