2014-01-09 / Communities

Norwich U’s Sullivan Museum, History Ctr. Present New Exhibit on Civil War

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents a new exhibition in the Civil War series, “1864: Some Suffer So Much,” telling the stories of military surgeons, multiracial troops, the St. Albans Raid and PTSD through the ages.

This exhibition, which opens Monday, Jan. 13, is the fourth in a series that explores Norwich University’s contributions to the conflict. It presents the stories of Norwich alumni during the bloody year of 1864.

Through objects, photos and ephemera, the exhibit examines the role of military surgeons who treated wounded soldiers on the battlefields and in the three Vermont Civil War hospitals in Brattleboro, Burlington, and Montpelier. It also traces the history of post-traumatic stress disorder from the Civil War to the present.

Norwich alumni played a significant role in the United States Colored Troops, African American combat units that fought in 1864. Vermont’s connections to the Civil War also include the October 1864 Raid on St. Albans. In response to this Confederate attack from Canada, the Norwich University Corps of Cadets was mobilized to defend Vermont’s northern border.

The Sullivan Museum will host a series of lunchtime presentations during the spring semester. The first of these programs will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, at noon in the Museum Rotunda. Speaker Jim Fouts, member of the 18th Vermont Regiment and Civil War re-enactor, will present “The Confederate Raid on St. Albans.” This program is sponsored by the Sullivan Museum Associates and free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

The exhibition runs through December 2014. The Sullivan Museum and History Center is located on Norwich’s Northfield campus and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. during the academic year. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-485-2183.

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