Grade Range: 5-12Resource Type(s): Reference MaterialsDuration: 5 MinutesDate Posted: 8/30/2013
In this post, readers will discover some of the early history of bullet-proof vests and how Americans during the Civil War tried to protect themselves and their loved ones with this relatively new invention. Written by Civil War scholar Sarah Weicksel, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.
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Until May 12, 1864, this shattered stump was a large oak tree in a rolling meadow just outside Sp...
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A first-hand account of the Civil War from Elisha Stockwell, Jr., a soldier in the Union army.
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