NEW EXHIBITS AT KERNSTOWN
Two new exhibits in the Visitor Center are adding to our knowledge of daily life for both soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. A locket filled with braided human hair is part of a display on mourning jewelry. A leather wallet carried money and notes for a gentleman. Benjamin Haines received the small, personal bible from his father as a gift.
A code cipher for decoding secret messages rests next to a rare half-cent coin that was worn as a good luck charm. A diminutive face powder locket, still filled with powder, was carried in a lady's reticule. These items are just part of a collection of loaned items for visitors to the Kersntown Battlefield to enjoy.
A second exhibit presents us with a meticulously researched bullet collection of Civil War specimens. Using the McKee and Mason Taxonomy (M & M) and Trans-Mississippi Taxonomy (T & M), each bullet is translated for the viewer. An unusual spear-shaped flag finial is evidence of Confederate use. Union forces would have had an eagle for a finial.
A Mississippi forked-tongue belt buckle is on display from Ft. Collier. And, Revolutionary trousers that our original 18th century settlers, the Hoge family, would have recognized complete our newest displays.
The Kernstown Battlefield Association Research Library is now fully functioning and open for your inquiries. Please come and see our new cases and collections.