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Huntington Civil War exhibit set to open

Part of the exhibit

Part of the exhibit "A Soldier's Return: Huntington During the Civil War" features a baby carriage from that era. (March 18, 2011) Photo Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein

On Tuesday, the Huntington Historical Society will open “A Soldier's Return: Huntington during the Civil War,” an exhibit that will run through the end of the year.

On display will be scenes from Huntington during the war, which started 150 years ago on April 12 at Fort Sumter, S.C.

The exhibit will also feature flags and weaponry used by Huntington volunteers during the war. A portrait of Jacob Conklin Walters, a member of one of the founding families of Huntington, will be displayed publicly for the first time.

Walters enlisted with the 102nd Regiment of the New York Volunteer Infantry in Cold Spring Harbor on Oct. 28, 1861, said Toby Kissam, executive coordinator for the Huntington Historical Society.

Walters was killed at The Battle of Cedar Mountain in Culpeper County, Va., on Aug. 9, 1863. The local Civil War veterans organization is named for him. The exhibit is open 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St.

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