Civil War and chaplains topic of lecture

“Answering the Call: Religion and Chaplains during the Civil War” will be the topic of a lecture by Ronald Vinson at 1 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Macon County Public Library.

Vinson is a graduate of Georgia Tech and has worked with many museums on historical projects. He is the executive director of the Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montreat near Asheville.

The Center currently features an exhibit, which he helped design and which will be subject of his talk. The 1,100-square-foot display contains diaries, letters, documents, uniforms, buttons, swords, rifles, and rare photos. The exhibit, which runs to October of this year, provides information and photos on many chaplains from a variety of denominations including Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Jewish. Vinson recently spoke at the 15th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium.

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