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.

2 Responses to A Small Reminder of War

  1. 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.

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