What They Carried

The Christian Commission provided its delegates and volunteers with goods and supplies for the soldiers. Part of the genius of the organization was its ability to share information, offering stationary and envelopes, a lending library, and a series of tracts for distribution at the front and at home.

Friendly Counsels for Freemen
The American Tract Society published this pamphlet for dsitribution among the freed slaves. Facsimile edition in Acrobat format.

Instructions: How to Make a "Housewife"
Women and children made these handy sewing kits for the troops.

A Letter Home
The Christian Commission provided free stationary to Union troops. Download a facsimile in Acrobat format.

The Lending Library
The Christian Commission provided free stationary to Union troops. Download a facsimile in Acrobat format.