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Civil War Mess Kit Spoon

Unknown place made
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overall: 8 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in x 13/16 in
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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Three-dimensional Objects


This metal spoon was part of the mess kit used by Civil War soldier John E. Wilkins of Co. D, 11th Indiana Volunteers Infantry Regiment from Vigo County, Indiana, in 1861-1862. A note in Wilkins' handwriting was wrapped around the handle of the spoon and tied with string. For more information see the curated grouping, "A Civil War Soldier: John E. Wilkins of Vigo County, Indiana" on the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection website at http://www.lincolncollection.org/collection/curated-groupings/category/john-e-wilkins/ Several more items from Wilkins' military service are in this collection: Zouave jacket, 71.2009.082.0522 Officer's sash, 71.2009.082.0700 Epaulets, 71.2009.082.0715 Part of a sword belt, 71.2009.082.0716 Belt and buckle, 71.2009.082.0717 Wadsworth Razor Co. pipe razor and blades, 71.2009.082.0720a-c; Morely & Sons Silver Steel Razors 71.2009.082.0721a-c; Crepe worn during Lincoln's funeral events, 71.2009.082.0048 John E. Wilkins photograph, later in life, LN-2595 1855 Indiana State Fair ribbon, 71.2009.082.0208 1860 Indiana State Fair ribbon, 71.2009.082.0209 Three volume diary and other paper artifacts are housed at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum