May 2015 Artifacts of the Month

Pencil and cufflinks

On May 11, 1865, Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, was arrested in Crawfordville, Georgia. When informed that he was to be taken to Fort Warren, he remembered that among prisoners, Fort Warren enjoyed a relatively favorable reputation. In his autobiography, he described his situation upon arriving at Fort Warren on May 25th, “The door was locked. For the first time in my life I had the full realization of being a prisoner. I was alone.” Throughout his imprisonment Stephens benefited from small kindnesses from the soldiers who ensured his confinement. These cufflinks and pencil were given to Lieutenant James Henry Parker by Stephens in thanks for kind treatment.

Stephens was imprisoned until October 13, 1865. These small tokens of appreciation between former enemies stand as a symbol of a nation reuniting.

Our collections staff have put these items on display in our MOC-Richmond lobby. Come for a visit this month and check them out. 

Please also visit our Document of the Month page.

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