The Civil War savaged lives yet secured the future of generations in North Carolina and the rest of the nation, and altered the course of American history. The injustices faced by African Americans were some of the most significant factors leading to the American Civil War (1861-1865). The fight for liberation is just one of many moving features of the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit which is visiting the Leath Memorial Library, member of Sandhill Regional Library System, until Jan. 29.
“The Civil War occurred when photography was just becoming popular and became the first conflict to be widely recorded in this manner. Battlefield images fascinated the public and acquainted them, in a dramatic way, with the horrors of war. The ‘Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory’ exhibit presents images that compare and contrast the conditions of war, then and now,” said N.C. State Historic Sites Division Director Keith Hardison.
The exhibit commemorates the bravery and resiliency of North Carolinians throughout the Civil War with stimulating images gathered from the State Archives, the N.C. Museum of History and State Historic Sites. A total of 24 images are displayed by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources in 50 libraries throughout the state from April 2011 through May 2013. A notebook will accompany the exhibit with further information and also seeking viewer comments.
You can view the exhibit for free by visiting Leath Memorial Library at 417 E. Franklin St. in Rockingham. The exhibit is located in the main room of the library, and comments can be recorded in the guest book.
The collection presents diverse images from the period, including one of the surgical kit of Dr. Samuel Bunting Morrisey, who in 1862 enlisted in the Confederate Army in Richmond County. He had been trained at the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania. He was born in Sampson County and was buried in Clinton in 1884.
For information on the exhibit call 910-895-6337. For tour information, contact the Department of Cultural Resources 919-807-7389.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.