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Museum to house Civil War display

The McDuffie Museum is preparing to replace its small gallery exhibit of World War I and Wor ld War II posters with an exhibit of original documents, authentic weapons and local personal items from the Civil War.

"The current exhibit of 30 original posters and other artifacts will be taken down in the next two weeks, so if you're interested in beautiful, colorful original items of our country at war, come by and see them now," museum board treasurer and volunteer Lewis Smith wrote in a news release.

The new exhibit will feature many documents from both the Union and Confederate sides of the nation, the release continues.

"It will have numerous rifles, muskets and swords, unfortunately all of Northern origin, with the exception of Capt. Willis Howard's sword. There will also be on display Gen. Alexander McLaws' original campaign chest, which was present at the wheat field battleground during Gettysburg. A fine collection of Confederate and Union paper money, as well as stamps and letters, will be shown. A collection of Vice President Alexander Stephens' paper items from his days before the war at the courthouse in Crawfordville will be displayed. A map of Atlanta, and printed in Atlanta by the Yankees, during the Battle of Atlanta will be exhibited. Another map which was hand-drawn, and therefore unique, features the area from Marietta to the northern edge of Atlanta and was used by Gen. (John M.) Schofield's Army of the Ohio to show them the roads and layout of their advance. It is basically Cobb County in 1864, and shows Rebel earthworks near Marietta."

Anyone interested in adding to this exhibit should contact Smith at the museum on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., or Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. All artifacts cannot be accepted because of space limitations.

Potential contributors may call the museum at (706) 595-9923 to set up a meeting time.

Web posted on Thursday, September 08, 2011

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