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Object Name Toothpick
Catalog Number 0985.13.00806
Date 1861-1865
Description Toothpick or pocket knife carved from bone in the shape of fish; it contains no blade. There are three picks that swing out from the mouth.
Material Bone/Metal
Dimensions H-0.5 W-0.25 L-2.75 inches
Owned unidentified Union POW ; Henry Gayle Bourne
Made unidentified Confederate POW
Provenance This bone toothpick (or possibly a pocket knife) was made by an unknown Confederate POW held at Camp Morton in Illinois.

The donor, Henry Gayle Bourne, was a Confederate soldier who served in the 9th Kentucky Infantry; he was captured on Morgan's Raid in 1863, and held prisoner at Camp Chase and Camp Douglas for more than 19 months. It is unknown how or when he aquired this item made by a Union prisoner from a different camp.
People unidentified Union POW
Bourne, Henry Gayle
Search Terms Camp Morton
Subjects POW's
Prisoners of war