Wed, November 2, 2011

World Renowned Civil War Photo Collection Exhibition Highlights Evening of History


A Civil War history double header awaits visitors to the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on November 16, 2011. USAHEC, the U.S. Army’s preeminent heritage center and research complex, is proud to present an afternoon and evening of Civil War history. The event includes the grand opening of the new Civil War photography exhibit, “Understanding War Through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory,” as well as the grand opening of the new Café’ Cumberland at USAHEC, followed by a reception.   Attendees can finish out their evening at USAHEC by attending the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series presentation featuring Mr. Edwin Bearss, renowned Civil War historian.
“Understanding War Through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory,” is USAHEC’s newest exhibit showcasing various stories from the Civil War by combining photographs with in-depth research and displays of letters. One of the vignettes discusses the actions of Captain John Cheney, a commander of an artillery battery for the Illinois Volunteers. Through his letters and photographs, visitors can better understand his view of everything from battles fought to the way his Soldiers wore their uniforms. Other areas cover women’s roles in medical relief, the experiences of Abial Hall Edwards, a Soldier whose combat experiences stretched the entirety of the war, and an exhibition of the Civil War’s most iconic photographs and illustrations from our collections. The grand opening ceremony will be followed by a reception and refreshments.
Following the reception, visitors are invited to stay for a lecture from the Civil War author and scholar Edwin Bearss. Mr. Bears is a combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in World War II. After returning home, he studied at Georgetown University and Indiana University, followed by over 50 years working for the National Park Service. Mr. Bearss was appointed Chief Historian of the National Park Service and after retirement in 1995 holds the title of Chief Historian Emeritus. Mr. Bearss continues to write books about World War II and is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Civil War. As part of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series, Mr. Bearss will discuss the Fort Donelson campaign, General U.S. Grant’s first real test as a major Union commander.
The exhibit grand opening will begin at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, November 16, followed by the opening of Café Cumberland at 5:00 PM and a reception. The doors open for the Perspectives in Military History lecture at 6:30 PM and the lecture begins at 7:15 PM. These events are free and open to the public; invitations are not required; admission and parking are free.