Highground to host Civil War & the Midwest exhibit grand opening
For Hub City Times
NEILLSVILLE – “Civil War & the Midwest” will open at The Highground Museum at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville, with an event on Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m.
The event will feature Ward Zischke, the command historian for the 88th Regional Support Command, who portray a Union Invalid/Veterans Reserve Corps Soldier and discuss many aspects of the Civil War and answer questions. The Neillsville Area Players will support Zischke with members in period dress.
The exhibit includes an overview of the Civil War with an emphasis on the Iron Brigade of the West, which included several units from Wisconsin and took part in most of the key battles during the War. The exhibit also contains a display on the emotional toll that was taken on the Civil War soldier with a large display on loan from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
Upham Mansion in Marshfield has loaned several artifacts to be included in the exhibit from their collection of Governor William H. Upham Civil War items. Ward Zischke has loaned The Highground the use of many replica items representing what everyday life was like for the Union Civil War soldier, along with his collection of battle maps and books. John Dudkiewicz, of the Company B 2nd Wisconsin Civil War Re-enactment Unit has granted the use of a replica Iron Brigade uniform, including the famous Black Hat.
The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 30.