Joseph Walker Barnwell, Gottingen, Germany, writes to brother, Allard Belin Barnwell. Barnwell talks of how being in Europe has made him more of an "American" rather than a "Southerner" and discusses weekly social activities with his compatriots. He mentions the near universal editorial contempt for a recent magazine article by Harriet Beecher Stowe concerning Lord Byron and hopes a similar "justice" will one day fall on "Uncle Tom's Cabin." He also derides the antics of anti-Catholic preacher, John Cumming, and describes the curious wedding custom of smashing crockery and dinnerware at the door of the bride-to-be.
Hand-colored lithograph depicting a crowd outside of the Stock Exchange. The caption reads : "The warning sign is no better here than in the vineyard." The sign reads "Verbotener Weg" (entry forbidden).
A set of annual reports of the the Fire Department from 1859-1872. Reports missing for years 1862-1865. The annual reports open with a statement from the Fire Chief and include multiple lists of department expenses, financial cost of fires, the cause of the fires, and locations of city property pertaining to the fire department.
Wooden four-holed Army buttons with depressed center, made possibly from ash or similar wood. Images show buttons in varying conditions pre-conservation, four buttons showing forward face following cleaning and freeze drying treatment, and two buttons following cleaning and freeze drying treatment, one showing forward face and one showing reverse side.
Brass Confederate artillery buttons with stylized "A" on forward face and inscription and thread loop on reverse side. Images show the forward and reverse face of the buttons, with buttons in varying conditions following removal from submarine interior, four buttons after cleaning and conservation treatment with forward face showing, and two buttons, one showing forward face and one showing reverse side with eyelet and inscription reading "Halfmann & Taylor, Montgomery", after cleaning and conservation treatment.
Exterior hull plate, hemispherical (semi-circular), made of wrought iron with glass view ports. View ports include hinged cast iron deadlight cover with wrought iron pin lock on the interior of the hull to prevent light from appearing outside the submarine during night drills. Images show plate and view ports following submarine excavation and hull plate removal, x-ray photograph of view ports prior to deconcretion, view ports following deconcretion (removal of sediment concretion), and full deconcretion of hull plate and view ports, including the removal of glass and hinged deadlight covers.
Silk bandanna or neckerchief belonging to crewmember James Wicks. Images show the bandana following removal from the submarine interior and the bandana following cleaning, soaking, conservation treatment, and freeze drying.