Hardship & Hope:
The Life of a Hoosier Soldier During the Civil War
May 8 - August 29, 2014
After 150 years, the American Civil War has become a defining moment in our nation’s history. This exhibition seeks to give a more personal understanding of the everyday realities from the Hoosier soldier on the battlefield. Unique letters, photographs & artifacts from the Indiana State Library’s collection, many of which have never before been on display, will be available for the public to view.
Join us for our opening reception on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM (EDT) featuring:
Michael Peake, Civil War Historian, presenting his latest publication, Blood Shed in this War, Civil War Illustrations by Captain Adolph Metzner, 32nd Indiana.
Fred Schaefer, CSFA-OS, Civil War Medical Historian, discussing medical history and techniques on the battlefield.
Bernie O’ Bryan, Mid States Living History Association & Lew Wallace interpreter, covering pre-war life in Indiana, Wallace’s relationship with Oliver P. Morton, & military career.
49th Indiana, Company F. & 18th Light Artillery re-enactors portraying the common soldier’s war perspective with uniforms & special equipment on display, including a Coehorn Mortar.
Civil War-themed refreshments provided by CJ’s Sweet Creations & Catering. Special event parking will be available for $5.00 in the Senate Avenue Garage from 4:30pm-8:00pm. The Indiana Historical Bureau bookstore will be open extended hours to accommodate the event.
The program is part of Civil War 150, a project organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America, and funded in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Exhibit & promotional items are courtesy of the Indiana State Library Foundation.