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Civil War 150 Exhibit & Events

Civil War 150 Exhibit & Events


October 13-November 3 - Civil War 150 traveling exhibit, Mercer University’s Jack Tarver Library, 2nd floor

Civil War 150 is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America. The project, Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Tuesday, October 21 @ 7:00 p.m. - “Reading during the Civil War,” Sarah Gardner, Mercer University’s Jack Tarver Library, The Bear Spot

"Reading during the Civil War" pulls from Gardner's recent research on the reading habits, practices, and choices of a people at war. The larger project asks not just what Confederates and Unionists read, but how and why they read. Drawing on diaries, private correspondence, inventories, and soldiers’ observations and recollections, she examines the reading habits and practices of distinct communities during the war. Northerners and Southerners did not merely respond to the circumstances of war and of eventual Confederate defeat. Rather, reading – how and what they read, the meanings that they ascribed to what they read, and the conditions that influenced their reading – shaped their understanding of the world around them. Sarah E. Gardner is Professor of History and Director of Southern Studies at Mercer University. She is the author of Blood and Irony: Southern White Women’s Narratives of the Civil War, 1861-1867 and co-editor of Voices of the American South, an anthology of southern writing.

Saturday, October 25 @ 11:00 a.m. - Interpretive Reading from Mary A. H. Gay’s Life in Dixie During the War, Sherrie’ Raleigh, Cannonball House

Raleigh brings Miss Gay to life as she performs an excerpt from Life in Dixie During the War. As a resident of Decatur, Miss Gay witnessed first-hand the destruction and devastation rendered by Sherman's army in and around Atlanta. She kept a diary of her experiences during and after the war, including how she helped her brother's unit and tried to survive the winter after Sherman's March to the Sea. Sherrie' Raleigh graduated from Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts in 2003 and is a member and current president for the Sidney Lanier #25 United Daughters of the Confederacy in Macon. She also is an active participant for Riverside Cemetery's "Spirits in October" and volunteer for the Cannonball House during the Cherry Blossom Festival and "Candlelight Apparitions" in November.

Tuesday, October 28 @ 7:00 p.m. - “Mercer in the Civil War,” Arlette Copeland, Mercer University’s Jack Tarver Library, The Bear Spot

"Boys, you may get your shotguns now!" - Charley Hawkins, senior, Mercer University, Penfield, Georgia, 1861. Through historical documents and images found in Mercer University's Special Collections/Archives, Copeland sets the stage for the atmosphere surrounding Mercer University at the beginning of and during the Civil War. She reveals the mindsets, reactions, and contributions made by the University and the young men who left college to participate in the conflict. These students represented many young men of the time who had gone off to college with hopes and dreams for a promising future, much like the college-aged men and women of today. Learn about the students and their fates as they were engulfed by this tumultuous time in America's history. Arlette Copeland is a part-time Special Collections assistant for Mercer University's Special Collections/Archives. She was a full-time Special Collections assistant from 1999-2012 and newspaper writer and food columnist for The Telegraph prior to coming to Mercer. She is a Civil War enthusiast and a voracious reader and researcher of this time period.

Sunday, November 2* @ 4:00 p.m. - The 8th Regiment Band, Mercer University’s Willingham Auditorium

The 8th Regiment Band of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry, formed in 1986 in Rome, Ga., is the modern counterpart of the Band of the 8th Regiment, whose men gallantly served their homeland for first Manassas in 1861 to Appomattox in 1865. The band has performed in a variety of settings over the years including “Good Morning America,” “Performance Today,” National Public Radio, and the Great American Brass Band Festivals.
*Please note that this event previously was advertised for November 9

All events are FREE and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibit and the events, please contact Lee Olson at (478) 301-2852 or

Image Credit: “Bombardment of Fort Sumter,” print by Currier & Ives, ca. 1861. (The Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC02881.15)





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