Love in the Civil War

New York State Museum in Albany is focusing on how the war affected the relationship between two lovers.

"I Shall Think of You Often: The Civil War Story of Doctor and Mary Tarbell" opens as part of "An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War," a 7,000-square-foot exhibition that examines New York’s role in the war.

Doctor and Mary Tarbell were childhood sweethearts who got separated when Doctor Tarbell went off to war with the Union army. They kept up a regular correspondence until the doctor was captured and sent to a Confederate prison. Mary heard nothing from him and didn’t even know he was alive until he was released in February 1865.

The exhibition tells of their enduring relationship with letters, diaries, photographs and Mary’s wedding dress, giving a personal and emotional side to a period of history so often concerned with death and violence.

Both exhibitions run through September 22, 2013 [Photo Credit: Tompkins County History Center] Credit Sean McLachlan http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/

 

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