Cardboard, textile, paper, wood, brass, other metal
Overall: 6 1/4 x 8 3/8 x 3/4 in. ( 15.9 x 21.3 x 1.9 cm )
handwritten: on note (1) found in yellow envelope: "Head . . . 3d Brigade / May 18. 1862. / Orders / Countersign to commence at / retreat today and continue / until treat tomorrow. / New Orleans / Countersign Signal / [etc.]"
handwritten: on outside of n
Writing case (a) made of brown textile over cardboard, in the form of a small portfolio with brown cotton tape ties; case opens flat to reveal interior lined with white paper with pattern of green four-leaf clovers, with a pocket on one side made of cardboard with a red suede-like finish, and four brown cotton tape straps on the other side, one holding a stack of envelopes (i-v) and one holding a small brass canister (c-d) containing three metal pen nibs (e-g); two pen holders located below flap, one holding a pen (b) with orange painted wooden handle, brass nib holder, and removable metal nib.
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