Members of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy presented two framed prints to Magness Library Tuesday to be displayed as part of the facility’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, which ran from 1861 to 1865.
According to library director Brad Walker the prints came from a large format book that had been at Magness for such a long time it had actually begun to come apart at the binding. The decision was made to remove the prints and have them framed.
UDC members Reba Prater and Ginger Latham were on hand to explain why the organization got involved.
“Our UDC chapter, the Col. John H. Savage chapter, paid to have them framed for the Civil War display,” said Latham.
The battles depicted in the prints were Shiloh and the Battle of Chattanooga, chosen because they were fought in Tennessee.
Prater noted the UDC actually prefers to call the conflict that set brother against brother and divided the nation the “War Between the States,” rather than the Civil War, noting there was nothing civil about it. She believes we should pay tribute to the southerners who fought bravely in the war.
“They were honorable and they fought for what they believed in,” Prater said.
“One of the things we’re doing for the sesquicentennial is to have a display of some of these framed,” Walker said. “It’s going to hang in the auditorium. We’re going to be doing some more things in August.”
Walker said both the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of the Confederacy are going to do a presentation, along with some other speakers. The sesquicentennial will run from 2011 to 2015.
Prater said she has a very personal connection to the war, since three of her ancestors, Lawson Cantrell, Daniel Byars and John Van Hooser, were involved,
“I heard from the time I was able to remember the tales my grandpa Van Hooser told my daddy,” said Prater, who is now 81. “My daddy repeated his tales to me and carried me to some of the battlefields where grandpa Van Hooser fought. He went in before the army of Tennessee was organized. He fought in Perryville, Ky. right at the first of the war. He also fought in the Battle of Bentonville, one of the last battles of the war.”
Walker said other people in the county and around the state are going to be presenting programs during the sesquicentennial.
“Everybody’s doing big shows and things over the next couple of years,” Walker said