Reception opens Civil War exhibit and live presentations

“Hoofbeats in the Heartland: Civil War Cavalry in Tennessee” is a traveling exhibition from the Tennessee State Museum that explores the impact of mounted warfare in the state during the Civil War. A special member reception to formally open the exhibit will be held at the Heritage Center on Thursday, May 29, from 5 - 7 p.m. All Heritage Center members are invited to attend.

The exhibition will be on display from May 21 through July 16 and requires no additional cost over and above regular admission prices. It is sponsored by Citizens Bank of Blount County and includes graphics, maps, photographs, and original and reproduction artifacts.

While few Tennessee communities had large battles, nearly every county saw soldiers on horseback as part of a raiding force, occupying army, or as members of a guerrilla or partisan band.

Special programs will be presented on weekends throughout the exhibit’s run and are being planned and coordinated by a number of East Tennessee organizations in addition to the Heritage Center. These include the Blount County Historical Museum, Cades Cove Preservation Association, Blount County Civil War Roundtable, Knoxville Civil War Roundtable, Blount County Geneological and Historical Society and the Daughters of Union Veterans Civil War.

“This is a real group effort,” said Bob Patterson, Heritage Center director. “Interest in the Civil War period is widespread, and we’re fortunate to be partnering with such a diverse group of organizations to present this special program.”

The Heritage Center is located on Scenic Highway 73 between the Townsend light and the national park entrance. For information, visit or call 865-448-0044.

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