Bibles belonging to Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as well as a crucifix carried by Gen. George Pickett are part of an exhibit that opened today at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Museum in Columbia. The exhibit, titled “Through Fiery Trials: Religion in the Civil War,” will remain open through May, 2012.
The exhibit includes items from the Protestant, Catholic and Jewish faiths,
Said curator Kristina Johnson in a prepared statement: “The role of religion in the Civil War is often overlooked but just as religion is a central part of our lives today, faith was key in sustaining men on the field, comforting women on the home front and healing a broken country struggling to rebuild itself.”
Additionally, for Civil War buffs in the Washington region, this weekend’s special section in The Washington Post, “Civil War 150: Ripples of War,” includes a helpful list of upcoming exhibits, events and commemorations in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.