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Object Name Pillbox
Catalog Number 0985.13.01016h
Description Small round paper box with lid printed, "Meade & Baker / Apothecaries / Richmond, / VA.", and handwritten at the top, "19.48", containing a few brownish pellets of morphine, mixed with sugar and wax.
Owned Obadiah Jennings Wise
Owner Regiment 46th Virginia Infantry, Co. A, "Richmond Light Infantry Blues" (RLIB)
Event Battle of Roanoke Island
Provenance Small medicine box found in haversack which belonged to Obadiah Jennings Wise, Captain, Co. A, 46th Virginia Infantry.

Testing shows the contents are morphine pills. Active ingredient is morphine; additional ingredients are beeswax (for shaping into pills) and sugar (for taste). [Mass spectrometry testing done August 1, 2012, with a DART , or Direct Analysis in Real Time, machine at Virginia Commonwealth University. See file for additional information on testing contents to identify substance.]
People Wise, Obadiah Jennings
Search Terms Battle of Roanoke Island
Subjects Medical equipment & supplies
Medical care