This cane belonged to William Quarles Emison. He was a Confederate soldier who made the cane in Ohio's Camp Chase prison. Officers there were treated very well. They were allowed to stay at nice hotels; receive gifts of money, food, and clothing from visitors; and even attend sessions of the state senate. This was not always the case for prisoners of the Civil War. Some were treated very cruelly.
This resource is part of the A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images collection.