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Accession Number: 1927.16.1.1

Physical Description: Housewife or sewing kit comprised of soft leather case lined in fabric. Rectangular case of dark brown leather has pointed front flap. Silk remnants and stitching around edges indicates the case originally was bound in fabric. Folded case opens to reveal machine-quilted dark blue silk interior over cotton lining. When opened, case’s compartments are (from top): needle storage flaps of white and red wool, leather straps to hold small scissors, large pocket with button flap, and second large pocket with two button flaps. Two small black composition buttons remaining of original three. Mostly machine-stitched, except for handworked buttonhole stitch at edges of wool needle flaps. Kit originally contained a paper calling card (.2) with handwritten message.

History of Object: According to an article in the Topeka Capital (see accession file), this sewing kit was carried during the Civil War by Capt. William H. Ward of the 47th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The sewing kit was given to the donor by Ward?s children. The donor was past-president of the Woman?s Relief Corps (Burnside Post) of Kansas City, Kansas, and Ward was an honorary member. William H. Ward was born in Michigan. He enlisted in the 47th Ohio Infantry and served in that regiment?s Company B during the Civil War. Ward was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for voluntarily commanding an expedition that attempted to run the Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, Miss., in May 1863. He moved to Kansas after the war. His family is listed in the 1885 Kansas census for Topeka; based on their children?s place of birth, their residency likely pre-dates 1880.

Date: Between 1861 and 1865

Dimensions (in cm): 11.00 (H) 17.00 (W) 3.00 (D) Opened H: 33cm W: 17 cm D: 1.5 cm L: 6 7/8"

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Associations and Subjects

    Event: Civil War, 1861-1865
    Event: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
    Individual: Ward, William H., 1840-1927
    Business / Organization: 47th Ohio Infantry
    Business / Organization: United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 47th (1861-1865)
    Business / Organization: Woman?s Relief Corps (U.S.) Dept. of Kansas
    Individual: Church, Jane A.

Status: Cataloged

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