2 Civil War exhibits on display in Knoxville

Two Civil War exhibitions will be on display at the Museum of East Tennessee History in Knoxville commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war.

William Farley, second from left, fires a mortar at Fort Johnson, near Fort Sumter, to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Civil War exhibitions will be on display at the Museum of East Tennessee History in Knoxville commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war.

The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission's official traveling exhibition, called "Common People in Uncommon Times," will be on display at the museum through Jan. 13. It will be accompanied by another exhibit, called "In Death Not Divided: Civil War Tombstones and the Stories They Tell."

The traveling exhibit presents a pictorial narrative of a diverse array of personalities -- including Confederate soldiers, Union sympathizers, African-Americans and gallant women -- during the Civil War.

The gravestone exhibit features histories of the national cemeteries in the region and attempts to recover the remains of veterans for proper burial.


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