Cherokee County Museum’s “Cherokee Voices from the Civil War” Closes Soon
All good things must come to an end, according to that ubiquitous source know as “they say.” In keeping with that lore, the Cherokee County History Museum’s temporary exhibit, Cherokee Voices from the Civil War, will be closing on January 3, 2015. The exhibit focuses on life at home, on the battleground, and from a unique African-American perspective. The story of Cherokee County during the Civil War is told using quotes and first-hand accounts gleaned from original letters, court documents and publications. A cornerstone of the exhibit will be the series of original letters sent from Pvt. John T. Beavers of the McAfee and Donaldson Guards to his family back in Macedonia. Other items on display include:
- a surgical kit
- a doctor’s textbooks
- the original speech from 1861 as presented to the Cherokee Brown Riflemen from the Ladies of Canton as they marched off to war and
- a collection of military artifacts including bullets, shells, gun tools, an artillery bucket, a Confederate cutlass, a Union officer’s sword, rifles and bayonet.