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Rare Civil War photos now at the Smithsonian

March 27, 2015: Texas stereoscopic photography collector Robin Stanford poses for a photograph next to some of her rare Civil War-era stereoscopic photographs at the Library of Congress in Washington. (AP)

WASHINGTON –  A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.

The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library.

Some scenes offer a rare glimpse of slave life in the South from images made by Confederate photographers. Most previous photos showed slaves who were recently freed in the North.

Other parts of Stanford's collection show images of South Carolina at the start of the war. Another set depicts President Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in 1865.

Stanford says the images are like ghosts from the past that reflect part of American history.

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Lincoln's carriage



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 The above pictures show the arrival of a carriage Abraham Lincoln used during his White House years and it will be part of a major new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum titled "Undying Words".

The exhibit that officially opens November 22 features original versions of Lincoln’s most famous speeches, plus the 13th Amendment, a 7-foot-tall ‘Rail Splitter’ portrait, and various interactives.

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Loaded cannon at the Cabildo


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 Bill Capo / Eyewitness News WWL

NEW ORLEANS - Work is already underway at the historic Cabildo to prepare for a special celebration in January to mark the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans.

"Well, this is going to be the keystone exhibition for the country about the Battle of New Orleans," said state museums executive director Mark Tullos.

The exhibit will contain artifacts and descriptions of General Andrew Jackson leading American troops to victory against a far superior British force.

"This was the most important battle, I believe, in our country's history," said Tullos. "We would not be a free nation if we had lost the Battle of New Orleans."

The first thing you see is a large cannon that sits at the Cabildo entrance, a naval cannon from the Spanish Colonial era that was used at the Battle of New Orleans. 

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Missouri Civil War Museum


The Missouri Civil War Museum is a great place to bring students and groups to learn more about Missouri’s role in the American Civil War. Currently, educational programs take place in the museum and must be scheduled in advance. Currently under renovation at this time, the historic 1918 Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange Building located next to the museum building is scheduled to be completed in 2015 as a new Civil War library and educational center for students. The 6,000 square foot facility will be equipped with a library, lecture room, video presentation rooms and a dining facility. The building is being designed specifically to conduct educational programs and events.

For more information about the Missouri Civil War Museum or their educational programs, please call the museum at 314-845-1861

The Missouri Civil War Museum

Civil War center, Confederacy museum join forces

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Civil War center, Confederacy museum join forces

Pair will form new entity to advance shared mission

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 am

BY KATHERINE CALOS Richmond Times-Dispatch

The world’s premier collection of Confederate artifacts at the Museum of the Confederacy and the city’s premier waterfront location at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar are combining in a new Richmond museum.

S. Waite Rawls III, president and CEO of the Museum of the Confederacy, and Christy Coleman, president of the American Civil War Center, will be co-leaders of the new organization, whose name will be chosen with guidance from national and local research.

Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and a Civil War scholar who sits on the board of both institutions, will be chairman of the combined board.

“I think it’s going to be a great thing for the city, it’s going to be a great thing for people who care about the Civil War and it’s going to be a great thing for people who care about the mission of both institutions, which will be able to be sustained,” Ayers said.

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Grand Army of the Republic flags from museum collection destroyed


Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa has destroyed eight flags in its museum collection from a Civil War organization after they were damaged by excessive amounts of mold and sewage.

"It's unbelievable," said Pat Palmersheim, a Vietnam veteran and former director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. "I can't believe someone would let that happen."

The flags apparently were from the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of veterans who served in the Civil War.

The flags were roughly 12 inches in length and width and believed to be from the early 1900s, possibly used as graveside memorials.

The mold and sewer damage to the flags occurred more than 25 years ago before the state moved its historical museum collections from the basement of the Ola Babcock Miller Building into its current location in Des Moines, officials said.

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Sons Of Confederate Veterans wants to set the record straight

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The last home of Jefferson Davis is being hailed for its significance in teaching the history of the South. The National Sons of Confederate Veterans coupled a celebration of the completion of Beauvoir's presidential library with the commemoration the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. 

Re-enactors at Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, taught children about what life was like during the Civil War by showing them many of the artifacts used during that time.

Michael Givens is the Commander-In-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

"It's very important that people recognize the struggles of the Southerners and the Northerners during that war because it was one of the defining moments in American history,"
said Givens.

History buffs headed to Beauvoir to mark the dedication of the new Jefferson Davis Presidential library.

"The public needs to understand that his building represents a lot more than just Jefferson Davis," said Beauvoir Director Bertram Hayes-Davis. "This is a historic educational opportunity for us to share the Southern heritage and all the stories to go along with not only Jefferson Davis but the Southern part of this country."

A museum is planned for the inside the library. Officials with the National Sons of Confederate Veterans said they look forward to exhibits which will preserve the history and heritage they hold dear.
"It's going to be a beacon. A depository of literature about the people, about their struggle," said Givens. "We're just so happy that we're able to dedicate it today. Once this building is complete and the museum is in side and all the literature, the history books, it will be able to help to tell the rest of the story. To set records straight. To let everybody know more about the struggles of our people."

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Jefferson Davis Presidential Library


The Jefferson Davis Presidential Library will open in early 2013.  This facility is a state of the art architecturally beautiful building that will feature exhibits and events focused on the life of Jefferson Davis.   The Library reflects both the stature of the Beauvoir house framed with columns similar to the porch.   Contained in the design are the unusual ratios that reflect Davis’ height, six feet, and the number of states, thirteen.   Through the inside of the building are large galleries and clean lines that represent a modern design.

The Beauvoir room is a large multi-use room that can be used for both meetings and events.  It will feature a state of the art audio visual capacity and flexible seating.  This arrangement will allow the Library to accommodate meetings of up to 200 people in a comfortable atmosphere. 

The gift store will offer a larger collection of both books and items that reflect both the Presidential stature and the accomplishments of Jefferson Davis and the property.  Included in this will be gifts that are attached directly to Beauvoir through materials or the craftsman.  The expanded space will also be able to provide a reading area and activity area for children.

Using clear cypress and stainless steel panels the Library halls, provide an open and bright opening to the large galleries.  Two galleries will hold numerous exhibits and offer flexibility for traveling and rotating opportunities as they are developed.

Also included is a Library that will hold the research materials that were secured from the first building.  In addition, there will be artifacts and donations that have been made to the Library after Katrina to include flags, books, papers  and other artifacts.

This building will be a destination for events focused on Jefferson Davis and the many aspects of his life.  They will include trains, the Capital, the Smithsonian, the War Department, the   US Senate, West Point, and the Aztec War of 1847.  It will truly be a world class facility.

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To Kill and to Heal at the Lincoln Museum


To Kill and To Heal:
Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War 

A Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibition
May 11, 2012 - December 31, 2012 

The deadliest weapon of the Civil War was one that nobody could see, killing two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire. The extraordinary casualties caused by that invisible killer, disease; the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale; horrific injuries suffered on the battlefield; and the heroic efforts of medical personnel to treat soldiers on both sides are described in detail in "To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War," a new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. 

Paid admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is required to view the exhibit. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. A special admission rate of $5 is available to those who want to visit only the new exhibit.