TSLA looking to digitize Civil War relics on Oct 15th

The Tennessean is reporting:

FRANKLIN — Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Franklin on Oct. 15 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents.

“We are delighted to be selected as the site for this statewide documentation of the Civil War. The Battle of Franklin and other battles that took place in Williamson County certainly left their mark and artifacts with many residents,” said Janice Keck, library director.

“We hope that many people who cherish the documents, military paraphernalia, letters, etc., as family treasures will allow them to be scanned that day. This way, these items can remain family treasures and also be shared with researchers, scholars and students.”

The Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., happens to be on the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the 1864 Battle of Franklin, a site that for years was the source of artifacts such as buttons and bullets.

Archivists will be at the library from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. that day.

They have invited area residents to bring in photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, some of which will be featured in an upcoming exhibit titled Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee. The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners. Attendees at the event will receive copies of the digital photographs and tips on how to preserve their Civil War memorabilia.

Individuals may call 615-253-3470 or e-mail civilwar.tsla@tn.gov to schedule a reservation with the archivists. Reservation forms and available times may be found on the State Library and Archives’ section of the Department of State website at http://tn.gov/tsla/cwtn/events.htm. “This is an important project for the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.

“The Civil War was a major event in our state’s history, so we need to take appropriate steps to make sure these treasures are properly preserved for future generations.”

Archivists plan to visit all 95 Tennessee counties in search of material for the exhibit, which will commemorate the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.


Letter from A.L. Ewing, 63rd Indiana. Ewing fought at Franklin Nov 1864


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