February 14, 2019 12:00 PM EST Cincinnati
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Elmira Prison Collection Including Hand Scale and Knives

Lot of 5, including a hand scale, three weights of various sizes, two small knives, and a "J. Rodgers & Sons" of Sheffield England surgical scalpel. The items belonged to Dr. Edward Wheeler Bryan (1832-1918), a physician from Corning, New York. 

Known by prisoners as "Hellmira," Elmira Prison Camp operated from July 1864 through July 1865. Elmira was one of the deadliest POW camps, with its death rate of almost 25% nearly rivaling its infamous Confederate counterpart at Andersonville. When the camp opened it had only a tent hospital and no surgeon assigned to the prison. Union commanders relied upon local doctors to serve both their soldiers and the prisoners. Dr. Edward Wheeler Bryan is believed to have served as one of the civilian surgeons at Elmira Prison during the Civil War. A note from his great grandson which accompanies the items indicates that the hand scale and knives were from prisoners at Elmira.

Included with the lot is a piece of sheet music, "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Prisoner's Hope). Words and music by George F. Root. Chicago: Root & Cady, 1864. This popular piece was written from the perspective of a Union soldier in a Confederate prison camp.


Some soil and dampstaining on sheet music with minor losses along left edge line.

Estimate: $150 - $300
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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