Some suggested teaching points for integrating this historical practice into your Southern living history presentation:
1) Shows the frugality of the times: Soldier's used what they had. Letters -- staying connected with loved ones back home -- was very important. You can also share how especially in the South as shortages became more severe, they would reuse envelopes by turning them inside out; use wall paper to make them, use any sort of paper they could find to make up an envelope. So obviously using a captured stationery set just makes sense.
|Illustration of how to use a captured Yankee cover|
to show Southern Pride
Brief biography of Jedediah Hotchkiss: born Windsor, NY Nov.30, 1828; died Jan.17, 1899 Staunton, VA. Was a teacher in Lykens Valley, PA. Then relocated to the Shenandoah Valley/ Virginia area. He signed on as a Confederate teamster, then as a map maker for various campaigns. His map making skills helped Stonewall Jackson immensely in defending the Valley. He continued to serve on various command staffs, including General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, throughout the remainder of the war. Almost all of the Confederate maps in the Official Records by the US War Department were his.