Our local historical society hosted a Civil War exhibition this morning. The even took place on a green in the village alongside a tiny train museum. The train museum was, to the delight of my little train maniacs, open and the caboose was also opened to explore.
These ladies were telling Katie and I that 35 men from our small village fought for the Union Army. The women left behind had a very difficult time since they could not, by law, sign contracts, inherit or engage in business unless their husbands had left legal documents allowing them to do so.
This was a typical Union soldier's kit. I have to say I found the letters, reproductions of originals, very poignant.