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Civil War Photography Exhibit to Open at Huntington Library in October

There will be two civil war exhibits at the library at the Huntington Gardens, one starting in September, one in October.

An exhibit featuring photography from the Civil War will open at the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on October 13 and wil run through January.

The exhibit is called "A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War" and will be complemented by a companion exhibit, “A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War,” on view Sept. 22, 2012, through Jan. 7, 2013.

The Huntington's civil war collection stems from more than 200 works in the library's archive by famed war photographers Matthew Brady, Timothy O’Sullivan, George Barnard, Alexander Gardner, and Andrew J. Russell, according to a Huntington press release.

The "Just Cause" exhibit is meant to "examine the ways Northerners and Southerners viewed the rationale for the war," according to the release.

That exhibit will display "some 80 letters, diaries, and other writings by Northerners and Southerners, including Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan, as well as by those less famous Union and Confederate soldiers and their families, clergymen, physicians, charity workers, lawyers, and academics," according to the release.

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