` Contents were `Prepared at the U. Medical Purveying Depot, Astoria, L.` Container measures approximately 3-1/4. Quinine was one of the most effective medicines available to Civil War doctors. Quinine is a drug made from cinchona tree bark, whose active ingredient is the alkaloid quinine. Spanish missionaries observed its use in South America in the 1500s. It was used to treat fevers of all kinds but was especially useful in treating the chills and fever of malaria. When quinine wasn't available, Confederate surgeons substituted turpentine. Turpentine was routinely prescribed for oral and topical use in America and Europe. Civil War era Medal Quinine Tin Bottle" is in sale since Saturday, April 20, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Other Civil War Original Items". The seller is "captainxo" and is located in Malverne, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.