Civil War exhibit set for Indiana State Library

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new exhibit focusing on the personal hardships Civil War soldiers endured on the battlefield is opening next week at the Indiana State Library.

The exhibit will include letters, photographs and artifacts that shed a personal light on the everyday realities soldiers faced as the war raged between 1861 and 1865.

Called “The Hardship & Hope: The Life of the Hoosier Soldier During the Civil War,” it runs May 8-Aug. 29 at the downtown Indianapolis library.

An opening reception on May 8 will include entertainment, notable historians and Civil War re-enactors.

The reception’s guests will include members of Indiana’s new professional soccer team, the Indy Eleven. The team’s nickname pays homage to Indiana’s Civil War-era 11th Regiment Indiana Infantry, which initially served under Colonel Lew Wallace. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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