The exhibit's main themes examine various aspects of the American Civil War, including Abolitionism, Marblehead's response to the start of the Civil War, the effects of the War on the battlefront and at home, the end of the war and the establishment of the Grand Army of the Republic for Civil War veterans.
Marblehead was active in the Abolitionist movement from its beginning, and was an important location on the Underground railroad. Through the course of the Civil War Marblehead sent 1048 men to fight. 112 men made the ultimate sacrifice, and scores of men and boys were wounded. The story of Marblehead’s part in the Civil War is similar to that of men all over the United States. Some lived, some died and many were wounded. All were subjected to the horrors of war, as were their wives and families. When the war was over, the town of Marblehead voted to give support to veterans, and the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veterans organization, continued that support.
The exhibit displays include documents, photographs, names and places of those who contributed to the war effort, either at home or at war. The Marblehead Museum is pleased to exhibit some of its extensive textile collection with fashions from the Civil War era.
March through September, 2013
The Marblehead Museum's galleries at 170 Washington Street are open Tuesday - Saturday June through October, and Tuesday- Friday, 10-4 November through May. Admission is free.