At Echoes Through Time, we have a number of useful resources available to aide researchers who are seeking information regarding the Civil War era.

For the Researcher:  If you like researching civil war history or doing historical research or just enjoy doing genealogy. Check out our Reference Library. We work hand in hand with the Lucy Bensley Center and their staff. There you will find the home of the Concord Historical Society records and the Concord Genealogy reference works

For the Student: If you are looking for information an a term paper or researching a battle, a battlefield commander or need information on a topic…Come check us out….

For our Educators & Teachers: We have resources for you too….Not only do you have a great research library & a museum collection, but you have at your access Classroom visitors available, programs, battlefield tours guides, and a traveling trunk to help spark your students interest.

Historians & history buffs: For the dedicated historians to the avid history buff, you will find our museums collections both interesting and intriguing. Having historical items that you can actually see and perhaps touch  is amazing. But to have a staff of our Living Historians available to talk to you, and show you how items were actually used makes the visit worth the visit.

A visit to ETT is great for field trips, family visits or a nice place to stop on by on your way down on a tour of Gettysburg, etc…

Great for all ages and interest

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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)