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Object Name Card, Playing
Catalog Number 0985.05.00007
Description This is a deck of fifty-one playing cards. The face side of the cards have pictures of Confederate generals on them. The backs are printed with blue militaristic designs, with a star in the center. Written in pencil on some of the cards' faces are phrases such as "Your House," "A visitor", and "New clothes"
Dimensions H-5.5 W-2.5 inches
Owned John R. Zehender; Zehender family ; Stephen Gordon
Owner Regiment 1st Mississippi Light Artillery
Provenance Used by the family of Dr. John R. Zehender during the Civil War.

"Some cards ued by the children in the family of Dr. John R. Zehender, while they were temporarily residing in Liberty, Mississippi. His stepson, Stephen Gordon, a boy of 16 years, went from there to Vicksburg and joined Withers Artillery, Loring's Division, Featherson's Brigade. After serving his country for more than three years, he was severely wounded and nothing definite, beyond the fact that he had been carried to a field hospital, could ever be heard of him." (accession ledger)
People Zehender, John R.
Zehender family
Gordon, Stephen
Search Terms Siege of Vicksburg
Vicksburg Campaign
Subjects refugees
Gambling
Games
Card games
Card playing
Cards
children
Teenagers