A Small Reminder of War

Here is a poignant artifact I saw on display at the Atlanta History Center: “Child’s Costume.”

Note the ribbon on the lapel: “My father was a soldier.”

According to the caption at the museum:

“Modeled on a Union soldier’s uniform, this costume was made for a little boy whose father had been killed in the war. The suit was a reminder of his father’s death; it was probably worn at charity events for veterans’ widows and children. The names of the child and his father are unknown.”

My own five-year-old, Maxwell, isn’t much larger than this, which made it all the more impactful to me.

This entry was posted in Civilian, Common Soldier, Ties to the War and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to A Small Reminder of War

  1. John Pryor says:

    The emotional and mental toll of this war was appalling. The shear numbers lost….???

  2. I remember seeing that little suit and all the feelings that went with it. The Atlanta History Center has some of the neatest artifacts I’ve seen in museums this far south.

Please leave a comment and join the discussion!