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Box of relics from Gettysburg

Box of relics from Gettysburg

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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
relics
recipient
Hancock, Winfield Scott
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Gettysburg
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
ID Number
AF.37245
accession number
115588
catalog number
37245
subject
Memorial
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, General
Military
Civil War
Exhibition
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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