Hundreds of visitors have stopped at the Daviess County Museum throughout May to view “Faces of the Civil War,” a special traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society. If you have not been one of them, your time is running out before the exhibit is scheduled to return to Indianapolis on Friday, June 6.
The exhibit is a collection of snapshots detailing the experiences of Hoosiers during the Civil War and how the conflict affected their lives at home and on the front lines. Visitors will meet people from around Indiana, including the story of Hamilton Glezen, a doctor from Petersburg who married his wife Sarah days before volunteering, and Aaron Hopewell Knight of Vincennes, who left for Iowa to join the 60th U.S. Colored Troops Regiment.
“It was an honor to be chosen to host the Indiana State Historical Society's traveling exhibit over the past month,” said Monty Critchlow of the Daviess County Civil War Roundtable, which meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the museum. “It tied in quite well with our effort to highlight the soldiers from our county who fought in the Civil War,” he added.
Nearly 2,500 men from Daviess County served during the Civil War.
“This exhibit has been a fantastic supplement to the other local artifacts from the war we have on display,” said Museum Director Becky Kremp. “I think it has given our guests a better opportunity to understand how universal and all-consuming this struggle was for the entire nation.”
The Daviess County Museum is located at 212 E. Main St. in Washington and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call 812-257-0301 or visit the website at www.daviesscountyhistory.com.