The Tennessee Library tours the state preserving Civil War History

RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- We're in the midst of the 150th Civil War Anniversary; to commemorate it teams from The Tennessee State Library and Archives are touring the state looking for items from the Civil War to digitize.

Dr. Wayne C. Moore, the Assistant State Archivist said "We're archivist and curators who professionally preserve history and that's what this project is about; preserving people's history that may have been in their families for generations and have never seen the light of day."

Tuesday, the teams visited the Grainger County Archive Center to see what the people in the community had to share.

Plenty of people came out including, Mary Lynn Glimore, who walked in with something very rare and special to her family history with the story behind it.

"My family was Union and I had 3 great grandfathers that served in the Union Army." said Mary

She was given a piece of artwork that had been a part of the family for decades that showed her families dedication to the country.

"It's called an illustrated genealogy. It's not common but there are examples of this type of work in other pieces I've seen. The artwork looks like what the Pennsylvania Dutch call Fraktur." said Dr. Moore

Mary's ansectors were strong Union supporters, however the artwork showed that one of her great grandfathers was a Confederate solider.

Dr. Moore explained "Her great grandfather was probably forced into the confederate army like a lot of east Tennesseans; but you can see in this artwork that it's clear he sided with the Union.

An interesting heirloom that the State Library will scan and upload to their online library that's available for anyone to look at and learn from.

If you have anything related to the Civil War; the State Library is headed to counties across the state. Remember they won't take your items; they will just scan or take a picture of them.

Click on the link below to learn more.


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