WLM ID: aivz | Catalog Record
This opium tin was once a part of the U.S. Army Surgeon’s Field Companion. Also called the Coolidge Carrier Set, it was a kit issued to Union surgeons during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Designed by Medical Inspector R. H. Coolidge in 1863 to take the place of a heavier, more cumbersome knapsack, the kit was compact and included, among other supplies, ipecac, ginger, chloroform, quinine, whisky, bandages, needles and sutures.
Opium was used by both the Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. Most drugs were manufactured in the North, so after US forces took control of the railways, Southern hospitals had difficulty in obtaining supplies. Also see the other opium pharmaceutical containers.