Box of relics from Gettysburg

This wooden box full of metal shrapnel and debris from Gettysburg was presented in 1885 to Major General Winfield Scott Hancock. A little more than two decades earlier, Hancock was leading Union troops on the battlefield in order to repel Pickett's Charge. On July 3, 1863 he was shot through the thigh. The box of relics stood as a reminder of the dangers of war and the courage it took to face those dangers head on.
If you look closely you can see the engraved names of where the relics were found on different areas of the battlefields of Gettysburg.
Object Name
Hancock, Winfield Scott
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 14 1/4 in x 20 1/2 in x 2 in; 36.195 cm x 52.07 cm x 5.08 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Gettysburg
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
Civil War
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Kagan, Neil, editor. Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection

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