Middletown Flag ready for viewing and a
new Lincoln Heritage Museum exhibit: Atlanta Hawes family insights
into Civil War times
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[February 13, 2021]
- The final installation of the Middletown flag in its custom
display case in the Lincoln Heritage Museum took place Thursday
morning. Under the direction of Jason Hoffman, a crew from Lincoln
College maintenance placed the completed flag in its case, and
lifted the 200 pound container onto the display stand. All of the
parts fit perfectly.
After a final polish of the glass by Olivia Partlow
and Jason Hoffman, everyone stepped away and gazed at what one can
only say is a spectacular addition to the LHM.
The LHM is the only museum in the country to have a
handmade flag that Abraham Lincoln had drapped over his shoulders
during a parade in Springfield, Illinois. It now holds a place of
honor that furnish burnishes the reputation of the Lincoln Heritage
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In addition to the flag, the museum is opening a new
exhibit “Our Cause is Just” honoring the Hawes family of Atlanta.
The Hawes’ had three sons who volunteered to serve in the Civil War,
George and Henry Hawes and their half-brother James Ewing. The
family wrote letters to one another throughout the brothers’
Members of the Hawes family still reside in Atlanta, and they
donated the entire letter collection to the museum. This
correspondence provides a vivid window into life in Atlanta during
the war, and the thoughts and experiences of the brothers as they
traveled with their military units and took part in numerous
battles. It is a unique part of American history.
The Hawes' letter collection consists of 112 letters, a unique part
of American history.
Contact Olivia Partlow at the Lincoln Heritage Museum to schedule a
visit to view this extraordinary exhibit, one that provides a
fascinating insight into nineteenth century America during a time of
great travail. It is well worth your time. The exhibit underlines
why the Lincoln Heritage Museum has been honored as being one of the
ten best university museums in the country.