MoC to Debut Gettysburg Exhibit
Senior curator for the Museum of the Confederacy, Robert Hancock, holds the sword carried by Confederate Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead during the Battle of Gettysburg in a work room at the museum in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., will open the exhibit “Gettysburg: They walked through blood” on May 11 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The Museum of the Confederacy is about to open an exhibit that rivals the scope of the battle itself (h/t C.M. Winkler):
An exhibit that includes Confederate battle flags recovered from the fields of Gettysburg is opening Saturday at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. The exhibit also includes swords, revolvers, wrenching letters home from soldiers and their haunting photographs. The flags are among more than 500 in the museum’s extensive collection. They are the centerpiece of “Gettysburg: They walked through blood,” which focuses on Gen. George Pickett’s Virginia Division and the doomed charge on Union Maj. George G. Meade’s union positions on Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863. All eight battle flags are from Pickett’s Division and the swords of his three brigade commanders are part of the exhibit.