Artifacts

Artifacts: Can Labels

On July 30, 2013, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.11 (2) Museum Division collection

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.11 (2) Museum Division collection

Here are the final two can labels featuring Mississippi farmers and produce companies from the Museum Division collection.

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.14 (Museum Division collection)

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.14 (Museum Division collection)

 

Artifacts: More Crate Labels

On July 24, 2013, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.3 (Museum Division collection)

Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.3 (Museum Division collection)

Here are several more crate and can labels that were used by turn-of-the-century farmers and produce companies to advertise their wares.

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.8 (Museum Division collection)

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.8 (Museum Division collection)

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.9 (Museum Division collection)

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.9 (Museum Division collection)

 

Artifacts: Crate and Can Labels

On July 16, 2013, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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Nan Prince, assistant director of collections, brings us this post in her ongoing series about neat artifacts in the Museum Division collection.

Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.1 (Museum Division collection)

Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.1 (Museum Division collection)

With advancements in transportation such as railroads and trucks in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, truck farming became increasingly popular in Mississippi. Farmers and produce companies used visually appealing labels on their crates and cans to both distinguish them from other products and to serve as an advertisement. Pictured here are several crate and can labels from various Mississippi produce and canning companies that are in the Museum Division collection.

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.7 (Museum Division collection)

Can label. Accession number: 1985.70.7 (Museum Division collection)

Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.2 (Museum Division collection)

Crate label. Accession number: 1985.70.2 (Museum Division collection)

 

Vicksburg Surrenders

On July 3, 2013, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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The Mississippi Civil War Sesquicentennial continues and in the coming months we will be highlighting Museum Division collections related to 1863 and the Civil War. Special thanks to Nan Prince, assistant director of collections, for writing this series.

July 4, 1863 – The Vicksburg Campaign: The Surrender of Vicksburg

1st National Confederate flag. Accession number: 2004.3.1 (Museum Division collection)

1st National Confederate flag. Accession number: 2004.3.1 (Museum Division collection)

President Abraham Lincoln called Vicksburg, Mississippi, “the key” to winning the Civil War, and General Ulysses S. Grant launched the Vicksburg Campaign in the spring of 1863. The campaign was a series of battles and maneuvers that led to the eventual siege and surrender of the Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River.

General John Pemberton’s army in Vicksburg was worn down from Grant’s forty-seven day siege. Thousands of his soldiers were suffering from illness, wounds, and malnutrition; and supplies were dangerously low. Realizing that no relief would be coming from General Joseph Johnston and that he could negotiate better terms of surrender on Independence Day, Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg on July 4.

Pictured above is a 1st National Confederate flag taken by Samuel Loring Percival Ayres, second assistant engineer of the USS Pensacola, at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. The flag was made by H. Cassidy, a prominent flag maker in New Orleans, and is 8 ½ feet long. Cassidy often made Confederate flags from old US flags, and he probably employed that technique with this flag.

Source: “Vicksburg Surrender,” Vicksburg National Military Park, National Park Service, http://www.nps.gov/vick/historyculture/surrender.htm.

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Today in History: Battle of Gettysburg

On July 1, 2013, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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The Mississippi Civil War Sesquicentennial continues and in the coming months we will be highlighting Museum Division collections related to 1863 and the Civil War. Special thanks to Nan Prince, assistant director of collections, for writing this series.

July 1–3, 1863:  The Battle of Gettysburg

Known as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion,” Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War with 51,000 casualties. The three-day battle fought in and around the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, coupled with the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, became a turning point in the war. On the second day of the battle, Brig. Gen. William Barksdale led his brigade of Mississippians in an assault at the Peach Orchard. Through fierce fighting, they gained significant ground but were eventually repulsed. Leading the charge, Barksdale was shot and fell from his horse, mortally wounded. Barksdale’s brigade, which included the 13th, 17th, 18th, and 21st Mississippi Infantry regiments, suffered tremendous casualties.

The sword pictured below was reputedly worn by Barksdale when he was killed at Gettysburg.

Sword reputedly worn by William Barksdale at Gettysburg. Accession number: 1960.130.1a (Museum Division collection)

Sword reputedly worn by William Barksdale at Gettysburg. Accession number: 1960.130.1a (Museum Division collection)

The flag below was presented to the Burt Rifles, Company K, 18th Mississippi Infantry regiment by the ladies of Jackson. The 18th Mississippi Infantry was part of Barksdale’s brigade and fought at the Peach Orchard.

Flag of the 18th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Burt Rifles). Accession number: 1968.38.1 (Museum Division collection)

Flag of the 18th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Burt Rifles). Accession number: 1968.38.1 (Museum Division collection)

Sources:

“A New Birth of Freedom,” Gettysburg National Military Park, National Park Service, http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm.

Jim Woodrick, “‘The Grandest Charge Ever Made:’ Barksdale at Gettysburg,” And Speaking of Which (blog), July 2, 2012, http://andspeakingofwhich.blogspot.com/2012/07/grandest-charge-ever-made-barksdale-at.html.

 

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