SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A new exhibit at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs tells the stories of New York soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
More than 100 artifacts, many never seen before, will be on display as the country marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Called "New York in the Civil War," the exhibit will be a permanent part of the museum but the items being displayed will change annually. The state has the most extensive collection of Civil War battle flags in the country. Some of the other artifacts on display will include the coat worn by Mechanicville New York native Col. Elmer Ellsworth when he was shot by a Confederate sympathizer at the start of the Civil War and the key to Confederate President Jefferson Davis' liquor cabinet, "liberated" by a New York Soldier from the Confederate White House after Richmond fell in the closing days of the war.
The exhibit will focus on six major themes, the run-up to the Civil War and a summary of the major events of each year, 1861 through the war's end in 1865. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.