Confederate Relic - “Picked up on the Field after the Battle of Bull Run by Ellen Collins” - She was a prominent member of the United States Sanitary Commission!
If you like I.D.’d relics that were actually picked up on battlefields, this one is great. It is a Confederate document that Miss. Ellen Collins picked up on the battlefield of Bull Run just after the battle. It was Miss. Collins that wrote many of the reports for the Sanitary Commission. The association was founded on April 29th, 1861. She was one of the original managers. The board consisted of 12 men and 12 women. At the time it was most likely the first “mixed” board in the country! In 2006 there was a book written entitled, “Civil War Sisterhood: The U.S. Sanitary Commission and Women's Politics in Transition” and Miss. Collins of course appears.

The document is a blank company return. It should be displayed just the way that Miss. Collins had it… which is folded. It measures 10 x 6 ½ inches. In the upper right hand corner she has made her inscription, right by the printed words “Army of the Confederate”, which adds to the displablity.

A patriotic woman like Miss. Collins desired to see the suffering needs of Union men first hand, and would offer their services in taking care of the wounded. Miss. Collins played a vital role in supplying the troops with personal, medical and religious supplies.

#CG490 - Price $295