Our Exhibits


Most every item in our exhibit has a story to tell. Each item is unique and many items are not often seen or displayed, or having a someone around to explain or tell you about that item.

When you come to Echoes Through Time, you will find that many of our collection is under glass, while other items are openly displayed. This alone is unique, because we actually have items displayed that you can actually touch. You wont find that too often.

We have exhibits covering all the major military services and many of the supporting services. Each of our exhibits are separated into sections, such as the: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery or the Chaplains, Medical or Engineer Corps. We even have a section for the ladies and a smaller section regarding slavery.

As an example: we have an exhibit regarding the weapons & equipment of the Union Infantry that covers a Springfield Rifle, canteen, tarred haversack, cartridge box, cap box and waste belt. and an companion exhibit for the Confederate Infantry.

Our Artillery shell exhibit is separated into two sections, describing both Light Artillery operation and Heavy Artillery. Our Light Artillery exhibit has a display of solid shot iron balls ranging from the smallest 3 inch round to a 24 pounder.

A great example of one of our items on exhibit is a 24 lb projectile. This 24 pounder has a story to tell.

This shot was fired off shore by the U.S Navy approx. 1864 (during the blockade). In 1864 the 24 pound cannon was being phased out of service by the U.S Navy, being replaced by the newly developed 32 pound Dahlgren cannons for naval use. But what makes our cannon ball unique, is that by looking at the iron ball itself. The crater like indentations shows how durable but destructive natural and use it once had. The solid shot was placed in the ships furnace for hours until it was glowing red hot, then placed in the cannons barrel and fired. This was called “Hot Shot”, a type of incendiary, and whatever it came into contact with during its flight, would be set “on-fire”, besides it’s impact making it a double threat. This projectile was removed from a stone house near the waterfront in Charleston, SC

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Echoes Through Time shared Andersonville National Historic Site's post.

A Glimpse into Andersonville’s Archives

Chartered in 1883, the Women’s Relief Corps (WRC) served as an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1896 they obtained the land that was once the location of the infamous Andersonville Prison, and right away started making improvements to the run-down condition that they received it in.

One of their first projects was constructing a cottage on site for families visiting Andersonville National Cemetery to use. This nine room, brick cottage sat on a piece of newly acquired land that the WRC purchased as an expansion to their preservation effort. Their ultimate goal: to memorialize the prison site. Efforts to create a memorial to the Civil War prisoners who suffered and died in the prison included a memorial rose garden, memorial orchard of pecan trees, and a road surrounding the historic prison site for visitors to use to explore.

By 1910, the grounds became almost too expensive for the WRC to maintain. It was then that the U.S. Government agreed to a land transfer. A WRC monument was erected at Andersonville in 1911 to honor the efforts of the women managing the site, followed by a monument to one of their founding members, Lizabeth Turner. While the government owned the land, however, the WRC still managed some aspects of it until the 1950s.

The WRC medal handed out to its members was in the shape of a Maltese cross. Some with red, white, and blue ribbons, others (like the one pictured) have the red, white, and blue stripes incorporated into the medal. “F.L.C” is engraved in each one to remind members of the Corps’ founding motto: Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

This metal, along with other items in our collections, will be on display in the National Prisoner of War Museum later this year. (JH)(NPS Photo)