Richmond County Library Hosts Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit in January

RALEIGH, NC – 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 Leith Memorial Library in the Sandhill Regional System through Jan. 29.

1863 Surgical kit

Civil War Surgical Tools

“The Civil War occurred when photography was just becoming popular and became the first conflict to be widely recorded in this manner,” explains N.C. State Historic Sites Division Director Keith Hardison. “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.”

The exhibit will commemorate 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 will be 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.

The collection presents diverse images from the period including one of the surgical kits of Dr. Samuel Bunting Morrisey, who in 1862 enlisted in the Confederate Army in Richmond County.  The Sampson County native had been trained at the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania. He was buried in Clinton in 1884.

For information on the Richmond County exhibit in Rockingham call (910) 895-6337. For tour information contact the Department of Cultural Resources at (919) 807-7389.

For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.