Gettysburg: South Carolina in the Fight
Open through June 1, 2014
July 1-3, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle in American history with approximately 53,000 men killed, wounded, or missing. Combined with the loss of Confederate-held Vicksburg on July 4, 1863, Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War. On June 28, 2013, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will open an exhibit about the nearly 5,000 men serving in regiments from the Palmetto State that fought at the battle.
“Gettysburg: South Carolina in the Fight” examines the various roles of South Carolinians in Gettysburg Campaign. The exhibit displays the swords of Colonel William Davie DeSaussure, who was the highest ranking South Carolinian killed at the battle, and General Joseph Brevard Kershaw. Surrendered shortly before the end of the war to a Union cavalryman, this is the first known time that Kershaw’s sword has returned to South Carolina since the war.
Also on display are numerous rifles carried in the battle, artillery projectiles, camp items used by General Wade Hampton, personal letters home, and memorabilia from the 1913 reunion. The artifacts come from the museum’s own collection, private lenders, and Gettysburg National Military Park. The exhibit concludes with memorial walls listing the names of 539 men who were killed during the Gettysburg Campaign.
One of the most visually stunning items in the exhibit is the nearly life-size 21’x7’ reproduction of James Walker’s The Battle of Gettysburg: Repulse of Longstreet's Assault, July 3, 1863, which is part of the Johnson Collection in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The highly-detailed artwork depicts Pickett’s Charge from the Union perspective.
“Gettysburg: South Carolina in the Fight” is the fourth in a series of exhibits the museum is presenting during the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.
Civil War in 3D
Open through February 22, 2014
Fort Sumter, Abraham Lincoln and other iconic figures from the Civil War, and the devastation of war. See the Civil War jump off the screen in “Civil War in 3D,” the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum’s latest exhibit.
The exhibit features a nearly 30-minute revolving 3D show of over seventy-five stereographs. The show, featuring an original soundtrack with sound effects, brings to life each image and offers a unique look at America’s most defining moment in history.
Viewing stereographs with a stereoscope creates a unique 3D effect and it was a popular amusement in America from the 1860s through the 1930s. This exhibit combines 3D stereograph viewing with modern technology to display the collection of Civil War stereographs. Each stereograph has been digitally processed to display in the originally-intended format, but in a theater setting. The exhibit also includes a stereoscope and several stereographs.
“Civil War in 3D” is the third in a series of exhibits the museum is presenting during the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.