|Traveling Trunk from Civil War Trust|
Honestly, I wasn't sure where it was from or what was in the trunk either! Checking out the label showed it was from the Civil War Trust. I then remembered signing up during the summertime to receive the "Traveling Trunk"!
Opening the trunk with the students was so much fun! The kids all gathered around as I popped it open. The item sitting right on top was a replica uniform jacket made of wool with a matching hat. Other items included a woman's apron and bonnet, a Union belt buckle, a container of real cotton, hardtack, replica bullets, confederate money, united states money, flags, a rag doll, and many other interesting items.
|Dressing in Period Clothing|
The most exciting and talked about artifact was the soldier's haversack. Inside this antique backpack were replicas of contents carried by soldiers. These included a comb, a wooden toothbrush, a prayerbook, a deck of cards, a tin cup & a fork, knife, spoon combined utensil. There was a sewing kit, canteen and bowl as well as some coffee and sugar/salt.
|Tin Cup & Salt from the Haversack|
Using the contents of this trunk, my students have a greater understanding of the Civil War. Hoping to sign up again next year (this time I'll know to allot more time for lessons!).
Thank you to the Civil War Trust for providing this fantastic resource!
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