Thursday, June 6, 2013

“An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia” exhibit opens Friday SLIDESHOW

HM_CivilWar5_webThe History Museum of Western Virginia is showcasing the “Civil War in Virginia” exhibit in its entirety starting Saturday, June 8. It runs through June 1, 2014. The exhibition, presents paintings, photographs, prints, documents, weapons, uniforms, flags and other objects.

There are two parts to the exhibit and the History Museum is the only Virginia museum to have the space to display it all said Kim Clymer, Operations Manager.

The 3,000 square-foot exhibition was organized by the Virginia Historical Society in partnership with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the National Endowment of Humanities. It showcases more than 200 objects and utilizes 17 state-of-the-art audio-visual programs to engage visitors and allow them to share the personal experiences of free and enslaved men, women, and children during the Civil War in Virginia.

The exhibit is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Center in the Square.

Visitors will learn some little known facts like it wasn’t bullets, but bacteria and viruses that were the deadliest enemy. Antibiotics were not invented yet. The strategies of the war were mostly being at the right place at the right time. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson decided to “move swiftly and strike vigorously.”

Black enlistment in Union armies reached 200,000. The majority were foreign slaves.

“Surviving the War”, the second part of the exhibit explains how West Virginia broke off from Virginia, originally the Civil War wasn’t about slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free all the slaves.

Enjoy the slide show below and don’t miss the videos and interactive opportunities this exhibit offers.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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