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The General Locomotive The Southern Museum

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War

In 1861, Southern states formed the Confederate States of America for various reasons, which included the preservation of slavery and the defense of state’s rights.  During the next four years, North and South were at war with each other as the future of the United States hung in the balance.  Although the War achieved constitutional emancipation and the union was preserved, many issues remained unresolved.  Join the Southern Museum as we explore relevant events and topics during the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

New Exhibit Opening: 1864

May 2 – July 20, 2014

Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s Bloodiest Year

As the third full year of the Civil War got under way, Americans on both sides had little idea what was in store for them. Cities would be burned, landscapes would be desolated, and innocents both North and South would find themselves the victims of a new, harsher mode of warfare.  Georgia and Virginia would bear the brunt of the fighting, but towns across the divided nation would feel the effects left by the events of 1864.

The Southern Museum is commemorating the 150th anniversary of this terrible year with a new temporary exhibition highlighting both individual stories and the broader national picture faced by soldiers and civilians alike.  By using never-before-seen artifacts, rare personal letters, and interactive elements, this exhibit will present visitors with a glimpse into the world of those living through one of America’s most tragic years.

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Our Current Exhibits

The GeneralThe Great Locomotive Chase Railroads ExhibitRailroads: Lifelines of the Civil War Glover FactoryGlover Machine Works Family Fun in the Education CenterThe Jolley Education Center Special ExhibitSPECIAL: "1864" (May 3-July 20)