Special Exhibit Continues at the Placer County Courthouse Museum
See Part Two of
California and the Civil War
Curated by TJ Meekins and Richard Hurley
Dear History Fans,
The Placer County Museum invites you to see California and the Civil War – Part Two, opening April 1.
Illustrated panels created by guest curators Richard Hurley and TJ Meekins focus on stories of daring Rebels and determined Unionists who who vied for California’s allegiance.
Featured is General Albert Sidney Johnston, the most distinguished combat officer in the US Army, who was in command of the Pacific Coast in 1860. Johnston’s loyalty lay with Texas, where he had made his home and much of his reputation. As Civil War loomed, Secessionists expected Johnston to hand over California’s defenses to the Southern Confederacy.
Civil War Fashion – Part Two, by historian and couturier Elizabeth Lowrie, reveals the influence of the war on military and civilian attire. Authentic recreations on display include a Confederate soldier’s uniform, a Southern woman’s wedding dress and her mourning ensemble, and children’s clothes in military styles.
Civil War era artifacts from the Placer Museums collections include a souvenir of the Union battleship Kearsarge, famed for her duel with the Confederate raider Alabama off Cherbourg, France, in 1864.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day except holidays, at 101 Maple Street in Auburn. The exhibit closes June 1st.
For more about the exhibit and about California’s role in the Civil War, please visit www.bearriverbooks.com.
Hope you enjoy the show!
General Albert Sidney Johnston (image source: Leslie’s Illustrated Magazine)The highest-ranking officer killed in the Civil War, during his career Johnston held the rank of General in the Army of the Republic of Texas, the United States Army, and the Confederate States Army.
USS Kearsarge sinking the CSS Alabama, 1864 (source: Wikipedia)After a long sea hunt for the elusive commerce raider CSS Alabama, USS Kearsarge found her quarry refitting in the harbor of Cherbourg, France, a neutral port. The Alabama stood out into international waters to engage the Kearsarge. The ships sailed in seven spiraling circles around each other, delivering deadly salvos. One hour after the first shot was fired, Confederate Captain Raphael Semmes surrendered the sinking wreck of his command. The Alabama had been cut to pieces by the more accurate and powerful guns of the Union warship.
Elizabeth Lowrie (photo by Tom Weber)“Ick Green” - No, it’s not a soiled St. Paddy’s Day frock – it’s a Civil War-era work dress made from fabric dyed with arsenic-based pigment. Despite illnesses and deaths, green dress goods, paints, and wallpapers containing dangerous amounts of arsenic were popular from 1860 until 1960. Guest curator Elizabeth Lowrie of Grass Valley lecturing on Civil War clothing and textiles at the Placer County Museum, March 1, 2015.