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‘Threads of Civil War’ exhibit opens at Long museum

POSTED: April 12, 2012 12:30 a.m.

A glimpse at life in the Civil War era will be on display starting April 17 when the Crawford Long Museum in Jefferson opens its “The Threads of the Civil War” exhibit.

The museum will feature garments and accessories of the Civil War era while telling the stories of Mary Jane Merk Patrick of Jefferson, whose husband, Miles Jefferson Patrick, died in the war.

The 150th anniversary of the “War Between the States” is marked by the new exhibit and the existing “Medicine in the Civil War” display.

The Patricks both grew up in the Dry Pond area of Jackson County and were married in 1852. Miles served as Postmaster at Dry Pond in the early 1860s and was one of the first men to leave Jefferson to volunteer for service in 1861.

Serving as private and then corporal of Company G., 16th Regiment, Warfords Brigade, Georgia Infantry, Confederate States Army, Patrick died in Yorktown, Va., in March 1862.

Mary Jane Patrick is buried in Woodbine Cemetery in Jefferson. On the same lot is a Confederate marker in memory of Miles Patrick.

The Patrick’s great, great granddaughter, Ceil Jarrett, is serving as Exhibit Project Consultant. Many personal family heirlooms will be on loan for the exhibit, which run through Oct. 31.

“The Threads of the Civil War” is included in regular museum admission prices. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

An opening night preview is included with the Supper & Substance program, “The Garden of Good & Evil” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday featuring Susan Russell, certified arborist for Jefferson. The lecture is on vices and virtues of several types of plants, as well as medicinal uses. Pre-registration required by April 12. Admission is $15 for members, $20 for others.

For more information, call 706-367-5307.


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