Secessionists, Soldiers and Slaves: The Middleton & Alston Family's Civil War
Ongoing Exhibit Through December 31, 2015
Location: Middleton Place & Edmondston-Alston House
The Middleton Place House Museum and the Edmondston-Alston House will mount special changing exhibits commemorating American Civil War sesquicentennial anniversaries on a year-by-year basis and follow the lives of the Middleton family, Alston family, friends and slaves. Using personal letters, first-hand accounts and collections of the Middleton Place Foundation, the war will be viewed through the lens of the Middleton and Alston families as Secession and early war optimism turns slowly into defeat. The exhibit will explore rice culture during the war, the building of Charleston's defenses, investing in experimental "seegar boats", the use of slaves for war projects and runaway slaves fleeing the plantations for Union bases in Beaufort and Port Royal.