Area Historian Sue Blesi is asking readers to share any Civil War stories or letters they may have for possible inclusion in her forthcoming book on the Civil War in Franklin County or for use in a storyboard Civil War exhibit that will be displayed at the Harney Mansion this fall.
Price’s Raid came through Franklin County Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 of 1864. Many area families have stories that have been handed down to them through the generations.
Blesi is also interested in letters written by soldiers, to soldiers, or that just reflect the chaotic conditions that affected everyday life during the Civil War. She is also interested in photographs of soldiers.
The Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri History Museum, through a joint effort, are providing a special traveling Civil War Exhibit that will be on display at the Harney Mansion from Aug. 30 through Oct. 26. It will focus on slavery, conflicting loyalties, and the nature and impact of guerrilla warfare in Missouri.
The exhibit will be shown in 16 cities over a three-year period. Franklin County is fortunate because it will be shown in Sullivan on the anniversary of Price’s Raid through the county. Special activities are being planned by the Harney Mansion Foundation and will be announced later.
Blesi’s storyboards will provide specific information about the ways Franklin County was impacted by the war and will be displayed in conjunction with the traveling exhibit.
To contact Blesi, people should call 573-739-9201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.