I am writing what will be either a short series of articles, or perhaps a monograph, on the watches that saw service during the American Civil War, with an emphasis on watches that are identified to specific Civil War combatants.
It is an ambitious undertaking that covers not only the watches themselves, but the interactions between American watchmaking and the occurrence and conduct of the war. Several examples are shown and discussed of Civil War timepieces, both foreign and domestic, with specific Civil War provenances. I cover the histories of the owners and the units in which they served, as well.
In the meantime, please enjoy this two-part presentation, which is an expanded version of a live presentation I gave at the 2015 NAWCC Regional meeting in Lexington, KY: