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.

Recipient: Hancock, Winfield Scott

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Gettysburg

Subject: Memorial


See more items in: Military and Society: Armed Forces History, General, Civil War, Military

Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Kagan, Neil, editor. Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.37245Accession Number: 115588Catalog Number: 37245

Object Name: relics

Physical Description: metal (overall material)wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 14 1/4 in x 20 1/2 in x 2 in; 36.195 cm x 52.07 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_1301434

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