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‘This Fiery Trial’: An Exhibit on Mississippi and the American Civil War

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Fort Sumter and the Beginning of the Civil War: A Brown Bag Talk

On Tuesday April 12th at noon there will be a brown bag featuring Dr. John Neff, Director for the Center for Civil War Research and Associate Professor of History. Dr Neff will be speaking on the people and events that lead to the bombing of Fort Sumter.

Here is a brief description of the talk:
In the early months of 1861, a small man-made island in Charleston Harbor became the focal point of tension between the United States and the newly formed Confederate States of America. For the North, the stakes of maintaining control of Fort Sumter involved the integrity of national government based on the principle of free democratic elections. Southern leadership understood that nothing less than their sovereignty as a nation lay in the balance. At that site, the decision for war began a conflict that would transform the American people forever.

This event will be held at 12 noon in the Faulkener Room. The Faulkner Room is located in the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the J.D. Williams Library, 3rd floor east.

A new exhibit at the J.D. Williams Library titled, “‘This Fiery Trial’: An Exhibit on Mississippi and the American Civil War,” features a large collection of Civil War artifacts and documents.

 "This exhibit deals with several issues,” said Jennifer Ford, head of archives and special collections. “It goes chronologically from Secession to 1865 and Reconstruction.”

 The collection covers many topics including camp life, combat, prisons, slavery, the university and the war, people, hospitals and women in the home front. The exhibit even displays hair jewelry from the era and Civil War medical books. “I think this exhibit is a wonderful way to learn something about a very important part of our history, and one that our state certainly played a major role in and suffered major losses,” said Julia Rholes, dean of university libraries."

The exhibit can be viewed in the Faulkner Room in Archives & Special Collections on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

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