(10/17/12) - It's one of the most talked about exhibits to ever come to the Sloan Museum. "The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War" is now on display for a one year run.
"Michigan in the Civil War is a huge exhibit for us. We have so much stuff and it's all over 150 years old. We are amazed to have this exhibit here," said Cathy Gentry, Sloan Museum marketing director.
The exhibit comes to Flint in the middle of the war's 150th anniversary. While no battles were fought on Michigan soil, there's still a big connection to the state.
"We had 90,000 people from Michigan go and be a part of the Civil War and be a part of it from the beginning to the very end," Gentry said.
Many of those soldiers came right out of Genesee County.
"As you walk into the exhibit, you see pictures and faces of people that were from Genesee County, Davison, Marathon Township, Flint, even Millington. These people really drive the Civil War home," Gentry said.
One of those faces in the spotlight was actually a child.
"Corydon Foote was a drummer boy. He was 13 years old when he enlisted and 16 when he came home. He saw a lot of horrific things, and we are so fortunate to have his letters to see what his life was like during that time," Gentry said.
The definite show-stopper and eye catcher is two cannons that were actually used in battle during the Civil War.
"Not only are these canons here inside Sloan, but in the spring, we're going to blow these things off," Gentry said.
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