This piece of heavy cardstock, the type used to mount cabinet card images in the latter half of the 19th century, has wired to it two Gettysburg artifacts, picked up on the battlefield by local resident Cora Blanche Dougherty. Mrs. Dougherty, born Cora Minnigh, in 1875 in Gettysburg, married J. Frank Dougherty, also of Gettysburg, in 1897. She seemingly collected the two artifacts sometime after her marriage. Mrs. Dougherty died in 1939 and is interred in Gettysburg alongside her husband. There are three items wired to the cardstock: a Confederate Richmond style spur; a tinned, sheet iron soldier's, "US" stamped, mess spoon; an ornate old English, sheet brass letter "D" (presumably for the name Dougherty). Although questionable that the letter "D" had military usage, the other two artifacts are of military origins. Inked along the top of the cardstock is the inscription "Picked up on Gettysburg Battlefield By Mrs. Dougherty Gettysburg, Pa." This labeling appears to have been written sometime in the late 19th century. A small, paper 45-star U.S. flag is pasted on to the cardstock just below the inked labeling and above the spur and spoon. The cardstock measures 8 ¾” by 6”. A nice early collection of Gettysburg relics from a local resident.
Comes housed in a 12 x 16 inch display case with black velvet backing and descriptive card.
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Inventory Number: GET 374