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Object Name Box, Chess
Catalog Number 0985.07.00184a
Date 1861-1865
Description Cylindrical Tobacco box of metal and wood. Written on top pf the box: "Capt. W.E. Moore, G.B. Myers, Johnson's Island. ". Inscribed on the bottom is an illegible manufacturer's seal with New York, Aug 31. "Miss" handwritten in red on bottom
Material Wood, metal
Dimensions H-3.25 Dia-3.25 inches
Owned George B. Myers
Owner Regiment 10th Mississippi Infantry
Made unidentified Confederate POW, Johnson's Island, OH
Provenance Box used to contain chess pieces made by the messmates of George B. Myers, a Lieutenant Colonel , 10th Mississippi Infantry, at Johnson's Island, Lake Erie, Ohio. The pieces were fashioned using a saw made from a pen knife. The names on the bottom of the chess men are those men who were in the same mess as Myers. After the war, the chess set and box were given to Myers, as he was the best player.
People unidentified Confederate POW
Myers, George B.
Search Terms Johnson's Island Military Prison
Subjects POW's
Prisoners of war