Treasures of Civil War Exhibit Opens June 16
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President Abraham Lincoln didn’t like to plant trees or gardens. Gen. Ulysses Grant didn’t care for music. Gen. George Armstrong Custer wore candles in his hair while he slept. These insights and more can be found in the new exhibit Treasures of the Civil War: Legendary Leaders Who Shaped a War and a Nation, opening June 16. Offered by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, this exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the personal and professional lives of 13 individuals who shaped a nation: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, George G. Meade, John Reynolds, George Pickett, Alexander Webb, William Tecumseh Sherman, George Custer, John Mosby, Frederick Douglass and Clara Barton.
This exhibit offers 94 historic items from seven different outstanding Civil War collections throughout the United States – all being exhibited together for the first time at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Visitors can look at Lincoln’s face mask; Meade’s frock coat and slouch hat he wore at Gettysburg; Pickett’s spur; Grant’s sword for the Vicksburg victory; Reynolds’ kepi worn at Gettysburg; a lock of Lee’s hair and his horse Traveller’s mane; and an original copy of Douglass’ autobiography “The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass,” to name a few.
In addition, the exhibit features extended biographies of each individual, including little-known facts that provide insights into their personalities and lives. Clara Barton, at age 11, nursed her brother for two years when he fell from a barn roof and sustained major injuries. Union General Alexander Webb was a math professor at West Point. Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s granddaughter married the grandson of famed Confederate General Lewis Armistead. And Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby was a member of University of Virginia’s literary and debating society but was expelled before graduation for shooting a fellow student.
Admission to the exhibit is included with the purchase of Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience tickets or with purchase of museum-only tickets available at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Museum and Visitor Center and online at ww.gettysburgfoundation.org,
Did You Know?
George Armstrong Custer led a brigade of Michigan cavalry at Gettysburg, his first battle as a brigadier general.