In the 19th century, written letters were the only reliable way to send messages from the battlefield. Officers had to have writing desks that traveled with them.



  • Fact 1: Field desks are smaller, usually collapsible writing desks designed to be carried with a field officer's belongings.
  • Fact 2: Newly-discovered field desks are considered historical goldmines by collectors, as they are often found still filled with books, correspondence and documents.
  • Fact 3: Most officers chose to carry small wedge-style lap desks, but some higher ranking leaders, like General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, opted for large desks that folded into heavy chests.
  • Fact 4: This particular field desk was used during the American Civil War by an unnamed captain of the 10th Regiment Indiana Infantry, Company C from 1861 to 1864.
  • Fact 5: The 10th Regiment Indiana Infantry fought through most of the American Civil War, and lost a total of 186 men over a four-year period.

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