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Object Name Case, Medicine
Catalog Number 0985.13.00217
Description The medicine case consists of a leather covered wood chest with a leather handle on top. A double row of five square receptacles for medicine vials is inside with five vials remaining in the case. The rest of the interior consists of two square receptacles and a long trough. The liner appears to have been a yellow velvet rep. The case has a simple lock front closure clasp and key. The lock is marked, "EAGLE LOCK C."
Dimensions H-5.25 W-8.75 D-6 inches
Owner Regiment 4th Virginia Cavalry, Co. E, "Powhatan Cavalry"

1st Virginia Infantry, Co. D, "Old Dominion Guard"
Provenance A member of the 4th Virginia Cavalry, Co. E, "Powhatan Cavalry" captured this medicine case from US Gen. Philip Sheridan's camp during the last year of the war. The donor's brother, Edgar M. Ferneyhough enlisted as a Pvt. at age seventeen in Co. D, 1st Virginia Infantry, "Old Dominion Guard," on April 21, 1861.

"Medicine casket, captured by a member of the Powhatan Cavalry the last year of the war from Sheridan's campt. The lancet bears the name of the owner. The bullet is just as it was extracted, and the bottles and their contents remain as they were captured."

Testing shows the contents of bottle 0985.13.217b is inconclusive; portions of sulfur, barium, and antimony; another area showed aluminum and silicon. Testing shows the contents of bottle 0985.13.217b is inconclusive. [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 Sheridan, Philip Henry
unidentified Confederate soldier
Search Terms items captured from Union soldiers
items captured by Confederate soldiers
items taken by Confederate soldiers
items taken from Union soldiers
United States Army
items removed from bodies
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864 (tentative)
Subjects Medical care
Medical equipment & supplies