Madison (WKOW) -- from WI Dept. of Veteran's Affairs: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum will open a new exhibit called "Fishhook and Siege Line: Gettysburg and Vicksburg in Photographs and Battle Maps" on November 19, 2008.
Admission is free.
The exhibit was developed using the museum's rich collection of Civil War archives and artifacts, along with materials provided by private collector Robert Drane of Madison.
Visitors will be able to see reproduction cartes de visite (CDV) of Union and Confederate officers and additional materials highlighting the first and third days at Gettysburg and the many battles and skirmishes during the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863.
CDV portraits of the generals and senior staff will be placed on large scale reproductions of the battle maps to emphasize the lines of battle.
The map of the Vicksburg Campaign was hand drawn by Hosea Rood, a veteran of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry who oversaw the GAR Memorial Hall in the State Capitol.
The Gettysburg map is reprinted from an 1877 pamphlet titled The Rebel Invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania, and highlights the names of Union and Confederate generals and the battle lines as they stood at the end of each day of battle.
The exhibit will be open through July 19, 2009.
In addition to the exhibit, a corresponding program called "The Age of Lincoln" is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
University of Illinois Professor and Author Vernon Burton will discuss Lincoln's legacy and argue that Lincoln's greatest achievement was not ending slavery or uniting the nation, but rather affirming the role of personal freedom under the rule of law.
Burton's lecture is a Wisconsin Lincoln Bicentennial Event.