The tour as well as the exhibit is part of this year’s 150th commemoration of the Civil War in Marietta. Historian and researcher Brad Quinlan guides tours around Historic Marietta Square highlighting the buildings and places used as Marietta’s Civil War hospitals.
“While all the (Civil War) battles were going on around town, Marietta in town was completely covered from September 1863 all the way through 1864 with hospitals. Almost every building was used in some way,” said Amy Reed, curator of the museum.
“Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield is focusing on the war, the fighting. We are focusing on the civilian life, what was happening in town here. That experience was mostly a medical experience,” she said.
The basis of the museum’s exhibit and tour is a grouping of long lost Confederate documents. The exhibit, an original exhibit, recreates the hospital rooms and medical environment.
“We charged (Quinlan) to find the documents, and he did find them in a number of repositories around the country,” Reed said.
Quinlan discovered records of Dr. Samuel Stout, medical director of the Army of Tennessee. “There were a lot of details about Marietta specifically, what was going on — down to what doctors and nurses were here and what buildings were used, and who was where and what the room sizes were like. There were a lot of details that we had never seen before. We turned that into our exhibit and tour,” she said.
The tour and exhibit bring Marietta to life during the Civil War.
“You know (the Civil War) was here but you can’t really imagine what was taking place,” Reed said.
The tour is Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Call (770) 794-5710 for more about the tour. There will be more tours on June 7, 14, 21 and 28. On July 3, there is a special candlelight tour on the 150th anniversary of the Union Occupation of Marietta. Purchase tickets at Marietta Museum of History. The cost is $15 per person.
Th tour begins at the museum (Kennesaw House) located at 1 Depot Street, Suite 200, Marietta. The exhibit runs through October. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit mariettahistory.org for more information.