Stones River National Battlefield in partnership with the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University is featuring an exhibit that explores the role of music in the Civil War. Most of the objects tell the story of the people and events in middle Tennessee during the war. The exhibit is located in the temporary display case in the visitor center lobby and will be on display through March 31, 2006.
All of the objects on exhibit were curated by the staff at the Center for Popular Music. This is the first of several partnership exhibits that will allow visitors to experience the breadth and scope of the Civil War through its music. This first exhibit marks the twentieth anniversary of the center?s founding.
Among the objects on exhibit are broadsides featuring artwork depicting the Battle of Stones River and songs written about the battle. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a bound volume of sheet music owned by Miss Nora Gardner. Originally from Dresden, Tennessee, Miss Gardner attended the Columbia Female College in the early 1860s until the war forced its closing in 1862. The majority of the pieces were gifts from friends and suitors, of both Confederate and Union persuasions.
Additional information is available at the visitor center, by calling (615) 893-9501 or at the park website (http://www.nps.gov/stri). For more information about the Center for Popular Music, visit their website at http://popmusic.mtsu.edu/.