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When Duty Whispers: Concord and the Civil War

April 15, 2011 — September 18, 2011


When Duty Whispers: Concord and the Civil War featured objects from the Concord Museum collection—some never before exhibited—including uniforms, accoutrements, arms, swords, flags, broadsides, portraits, correspondence and newspapers. The exhibition also brought together selections from the remarkable collections of the William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library; an extraordinary group of Gettysburg relics from the Carlisle Historical Society; a charcoal study for the monumental painting “Memories of Antietam” by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts from the Concord Art Association; and representative examples from a private collection of Springfield arms. In addition, a recently-conserved flag of the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of two black infantry regiments from Massachusetts during the Civil War, was included courtesy of The Middlesex School.