“Brothers in Arms” exhibit extols the story of the ‘common soldier’ in the Civil War

The Battle of Franklin Trust is opening a new exhibit in the Fleming Visitor’s Center at Carnton, Friday May 7th entitled, “Brother’s in Arms.”  This is the initial post in a series about the exhibit.

The exhibit is in the room right behind the gift shop and is divided into two main sections of displays of equal size.  Titled “Brothers in Arms,” the exhibit is designed to tell the often unknown and even more commonly misunderstood experience of the common soldier in the Civil War (1861-1865).

One display section is dedicated to items telling the story of Johnny Reb – the Confederate side – and the other display section, directly across, tells the stoty of Billy Yank, the Union/Federal side.

A sewing kit or "housewife" carried by a Union soldier

There are scores of objects in this exhibit which runs from May 7th through December 31st, 2010.  It is thoughtfully designed and the objects selected are authentic and true to the experience of the common soldier. You will see everything from a Federal “housewife” (i.e., sewing kit) to a Confederate wallet and set of dominoes playing pieces.

I will be making additional posts about this exhibit in the upcoming days that will spread out through the month of May.

Game pieces and a pipe carried by Johnny Reb

The exhibition is included with the purchase of admission to Carnton Plantation which is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors over 65, children ages 6-12 are $6, and children under 6 are free.

“The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501 (c) (3) management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle.  It’s organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.  Learn more at www.battleoffranklintrust.org.”

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