Soldiers Essentials

This corkscrew and pick shows much use. The most common form of bad behavior among Civil War soldiers was drunkenness. The stuff they drank was called "mean"

whiskey, and not without reason. It was vile by any standard, and the attitude of the men who drank it is evidenced by what they called the stuff. "Rock Me to Sleep Mother,"

Straight Razor Jewelry

Old Red Eye," "Rifle Knock-Knee," "Bust Skull," "Rot of Pop Skull," and Oh, Be Joyful" are but a few of its sobriquets.

The straight razor is far more ornate than most, while in an attempt to ensure their matches (or "locofocos") stayed dry the soldiers often kept them in metal match "safes" like the one at bottom.

Confederate Soldier Razor

Confederate Prisoner of War Handicrafts

Confederate prisoners of war had little to occupy their time, so many of them began to carve unique objects for loved ones at home, serviceable items for survivors, and games with which to pass the time. A number were competent craftsmen and Johnny Reb showed off a lot of his natural inventiveness in the face of adversity by the ways in which he filled his time in prison camps, making what he needed for himself and souvenirs for the happy days after he would be released. The surviving pieces provided wonderful examples of prison folk art.

Prison Folk Art

18 Carved chess set and box

19 Chess set and box

20 Game of jackstraws with box

21 Chess set with box 22-27 Various hand-made tools

28 Carved coconut shell

29 Carved religious obiects

30 Game of jackstraws

31 Hand-carved fork and spoon

I -2 Wooden boxes

3 Covered bowl

4 Covered caddy

5 Chess set with box

6 Game box

7 Candle stands

8 Comb

9 Woven palm fan

10 Keepsake box

II Chess set and box 12 Jewelry box 13-14 Chess sets and boxes

15 Water ladle

16 Uncarved coconut shell

17 Weaving shuttle

18 Carved chess set and box

19 Chess set and box

20 Game of jackstraws with box

21 Chess set with box 22-27 Various hand-made tools

28 Carved coconut shell

29 Carved religious obiects

30 Game of jackstraws

31 Hand-carved fork and spoon

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