Here is a Civil War medicine chest similar to the one that my character, Kate, in The Battlefield Bride, receives as a gift from General William Tecumseh Sherman.
Note all the nooks and crannies for medicine bottles and vials, the mortar and pestle for compounding medicine, and what looks to be an antique stethoscope or possibly an enema tube.
In the story, Kate uses a drug named 'calomel' to stop thieves stealing sweets from her hospital kitchen with excellent results!
Medicine chest images and content used with permission from the Bangor Historical Society of Maine.
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