The Pearce Museum in Corsicana is pleased to announce the opening of its newest temporary exhibition, “Gettysburg: Standing with Desperate Bravery,” on June 29, 2013. This pivotal exhibition will explore the historic battle through the words of the soldiers who took part in it and whose letters are in the museum’s permanent collection. Photographs, developed directly from the original 1863 glass plate negatives, will provide a solemn backdrop to the personal accounts. In addition, the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania has agreed to loan a number of artifacts from the battlefield to expand upon this important exhibition.
Gettysburg in July of 1863 became immortalized as the “high-water mark of the Confederacy” and marked a change in the momentum of the war. This turning point, — a singular moment in history when both the North and South knew something had changed — was the real significance of the Battle of Gettysburg. More than the vast number of casualties, more than the stories of heroism, more than the drama of one general versus another, the Battle of Gettysburg brought to the forefront for both nations the realization that, although the war would continue, the end was now in sight.
“Gettysburg: Standing with Desperate Bravery,” is part of the Pearce Museum’s series of commemorative exhibitions reflecting the nation’s 150th anniversary of the Civil War. See it from June 29 through December 20, 2013. The Pearce Museum is open to the public Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. General admission applies. NC employees and students come in free with id. For more information about the Pearce Museum, call 903-875-7642.