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November 16, 2012

Final days for special Pearce Museum exhibit

Corsicana — There are only a few days left to see some of the most historically significant documents — letters written by Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan, and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson  —- at the Pearce Museum in Corsicana. The exhibition will close to the public on Nov. 28, 2012.

 In addition to letters and orders written the men listed above is the original telegram, dated April 13, 1861, sent from Jefferson Davis to General P.G.T. Beauregard after the fall of Fort Sumter. Davis congratulates Beauregard on his victory and requested Beauregard to "tender my friendly remembrance to Maj. Anderson." Major Robert Anderson was the Union commander at Fort Sumter.

As well, there is a piece of the original cloth used to bind Lincoln’s head after he was shot at Ford’s Theatre – bloody and darkened by age.  A photograph of the chair in which he sat, and an image of the President’s Box at the theatre compliment the old fabric.

Of equal interest and national importance are the original, hand-written lyrics of The Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe.  This is one of the few remaining original editions of this great American standard in existence.

These documents are only “out of the vault” for a limited time, so be sure to visit the Pearce Museum before November 28, 2012.  After that, they will go back into the archives to be carefully preserved for future generations.

The Pearce Museum is open to the public Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  General admission applies.  Museum members, NC employees and students come in free with id.  For more information, call 903-875-7642.

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