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Object Name Case, Needle
Catalog Number 0985.10.00309
Date ca. 1861
Description The needle case consists of very worn leathered-covered paperboard containing four small squares of red wool cloth inside. A steel needle is still pinned through one of the squares. A twisted cotton cord is attached to the spine for closure. Various initials in ink can be seen on the inner cover, such as "J E Norris Jr."
Dimensions W-2.5 L-4.25 inches
Owned John Ewing Norris
Owner Regiment 4th South Carolina Infantry, Co. B
Event Battle of First Manassas / First Bull Run
Provenance Pvt. John Ewing Norris used this needle case during the war. The case had been the back of a little Testament. Once the pages were removed, he converted it into a needlecase. Norris died at Fairfax Hospital on September 16, 1861 of wounds sustained during the Battle of First Manassas. After his death on Sept. 16, 1861, the needle case was among the contents of his belongings sent home with his remains from the hospital.
People Norris, John Ewing
Search Terms Battle of First Manassas / First Bull Run
items made from other items
Subjects hospitals
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries
Dead persons
Casualties, War
War casualties