Knickknackery: Curiosities from the Museum's Vaults

The Museum of the Confederacy’s collections are rich with objects that are visually interesting, have unique stories associated with them, or are just plain quirky.  When assembled together, these “curiosities” give an extraordinary view into the process of museum collecting and the unexpected surprises that can come from it. Featured artifacts include a hoof from the horse of Turner Ashby, jewelry fashioned from human hair, body armor, a letter from Pope Pius IX to Jefferson Davis, a poem written by a Choctaw Indian who served in a Confederate cavalry unit, and much more.