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Civil War Library exhibit opens at Mildred Huie Museum

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

A new exhibition at the Mildred Huie Museum on St. Simons Island will highlight the recently acquired Hugh M. Comer Civil War Library donated by his granddaughter, Catharine Johnson of St. Simons Island.

The new exhibit will open on Nov. 17 and run through Jan. 6, 2013. "The Hugh M. Comer Civil War Library: In Remembrance of Sherman's March to the Sea" will acknowledge the Nov. 15, 1864 commencement of Gen. W. T. Sherman's devastating march from Atlanta, destroying the civilian landscape until he reached Savannah on Dec. 21, 1864.

Among the many items in the exhibition:

  • First edition of General W.T. Sherman's Memoires Written by Himself, 1875.
  • Volumes I and II of Stonewall Jackson And the American Civil War by Col. G.F.R. Henderson C.B., Lieut., 1905.
  • A portrait from the Mediterranean House Private Collection of Stonewall Jackson painted by Mildred Huie's Aunt Marion "JuJu" Weigle, (1880-1930). According to family lore, Stonewall Jackson is a distant relative, thus the painting has been a treasured family heirloom for almost one-hundred years.
  • Letters from Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, to Mildred Huie's great-grandfather, Col. James "John" Michael Weigle, (1842-1907).
  • A Confederate Uniform.
  • Paintings of Coastal Georgia plantations by Mildred Huie which, despite being spared burning by Sherman and his troops, were never able to regain their former glories after the conclusion of the Civil War and were either economically refigured or ruined.

The exhibit is free and open during the museum's regular hours, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 

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