Oneida County Historical Society unveils Civil War exhibit

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A brand new exhibit based on the Civil War was unveiled Sunday at the Oneida County Historical Society.

The display features an 1861 Parrott Rifle Cannon which has been in the society's possession since 1883, but has just been restored by a local company out of Deansboro.

Inside, the 117th New York Volunteers Field Hospital re-enactors set up tents.

Brian Howard, the society's director, said, "The Civil War was really a cataclysmic event, the cataclysmic event in American History. It came the closest that any event has to destroying the Union that had been established after the American Revolution and it's important that current generations remember what happened and hopefully they will gain an appreciation for their ancestors."

The Historical Society raised money and also received a grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties to fund the Civil War Memorial Project.

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