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Object Name PURSE
Catalog Number 0985.09.00162
Description Change purse (.162), containing four coins (A-D), six bullets (E-J), with everything is stored inside a watch box (K). The purse is of brown leather with metal rim and slide catch. One or two of the coins are dented. All of the bullets are deformed.
Dimensions W-3.5 L-3 inches
Owned Robert Daniel Johnston
Owner Regiment 23rd North Carolina State Troops, Co. K, "Beattie's Ford Rifles"
12th North Carolina State Troops
Johnston's Brigade (includes 5th, 12th, 20th, and 23rd North Carolina State Troops, and 2nd Battalion North Carolina)
Provenance Brig. Gen. Robert Daniel Johnston carried this coin purse during the war. He had it in his pocket when he was badly wounded (at either: Gettysburg, in the jaw, neck, and collarbone; Spotsylvania Court House, in the head; or Seven Pines, in the arm, face, and neck). Silver coins in the purse probably saved his life since a bullet entered the purse and buried itself in the coins.
People Johnston, Robert Daniel
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg (tentative)
Battle of Seven Pines / Fair Oaks (tentative)
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (tentative)
items struck by bullets
items that stopped bullets
Overland Campaign (tentative)
Peninsula Campaign (tentative)
Subjects Money
Life saving
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries