Nina (above) and Lucy Ann live at the Museum of the Confederacy but recently made a trip to VCU Medical Center where they were X-rayed to determine whether their craniums and upper bodies were spacious enough to carry quinine or morphine for wounded or malaria-stricken Confederate troops. The answer is yes. Next they will be tested for drug residue.
The museum knows little about the dolls' silent service to the Confederacy.
One theory is that they were purchased in Europe, then shipped to a Southern port with the medicines stuffed in their heads to avoid detection by the North's blockade of Southern ports.
- Via Book Of Joe