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Come face to face with history.

     No area of our nation felt the brunt of the Civil War as did the Deep South. This exhibit is dedicated to the memory and the courage of those people, men and women, black and white who gave it all.

      From 1861 to 1865, follow the footsteps of those who left hearth and home to fight the invasion of their homeland. From Shiloh to Stoney River, from Chickamauga to Chattanooga, hear their stories. Follow the history of the Army of Tennessee from Fort Donelson to Shiloh, to Vicksburg, to Chickamauga, to Atlanta, to the twilight of an army and the Confederacy at Franklin, Tennessee. Hear the soldiers tell their stories. Hear the human drama in the words of those who lived and died in the conflict that pitted brother against brother.

Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest:   Probably the War's most famous cavalry officer, Forrest had 30 mounts shot from under him, killed many men in hand-to-hand fighting and was a master of psychological warfare. Forrest spent much of the war fighting in and around North Mississippi. He endeared himself to the people and to his own men with his uncompromising bravery and refusal to surrender.

Pontotoc Grays, Co. F:   Follow the footsteps of the Pontotoc Grays, Company F, 41st Mississippi Regiment who proudly carried their colors.

Capt. John Sloan, CSA:   Left for dead on the battlefield at Chickamauga, Sloan's face was partially shot away, but he survived and came back home to Pontotoc. Hear his story.

Emma Sansom:   The Yankees took all her food and forage. Hear about this New Albany woman's heroic ride with General Forrest before his capture of Union commander Streight.

      Visitors to the exhibit will see depictions of many of the great moments of the war in "Wizard of the Saddle". The exhibit includes 31 limited edition prints by artists such as Don Trioini, Mort Kuunstler, and Rick Reeves, and there are photographs of many of the great generals, both Confederate and Union.  The audio exhibit is used with headphones for private listening at your own pace. There are two versions of the tape; one lasts forty five minutes and the other is two hours long. (This Audio exhibit is no longer working, but is still a vast collection of Civil War History)

This permanent exhibit was financed by Pontotoc native James E. Garrison, who now resides in Murray, Kentucky.
James E. Garrison Room
at the Pontotoc County Library
111 N. Main Street Pontotoc, Mississippi
(662) 489-3960
No admission fee.
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