Lucy Cox's needles and thimble
Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1861–1865
Medium: Steel knitting needles and thimble
Publisher: The American Civil War Museum

Lucy Cox’s needles and thimble

The personal effects of Lucy Ann Cox, who during the American Civil War served as a general helpmate for the men in Company A of the 30th Virginia Infantry Regiment, include these eleven-inch steel knitting needles and a thimble. Cox followed her husband, company member James A. Cox, in an unofficial capacity and probably used these needles to knit socks and scarves for the Confederate soldiers in his regiment. Lucy Cox died in 1891, and her widower donated these artifacts to the Museum of the Confederacy, now the American Civil War Museum, in 1902.