The Zadock Pratt Museum maintains the only permanent exhibit dedicated to the memory of Colonel George Watson Pratt, 20th NYS Militia and the hundreds of volunteers from Greene County who fought and died to preserve a more perfect Union. The exhibit’s memorabilia tells the story of the service of African American Soldiers, the role of women at the home front, the life of the soldier on the march and recounts the experiences of the thousands of drummer boys under eighteen years of age who answered President Lincoln’s call to action. One of the centerpieces of “Hardtack & Home Front Recollections” is an original oil painting by renowned historical artist Mark Maritato depicting the moment when Colonel Pratt led his regiment at the Battle of Second Manassas, Virginia on August 30, 1862. The many soldiers and officers artifacts, vivid images and photographs, uniforms, documents, historical art on display most of which are from curator and board member John C. Quinn’s extensive collection provides a moving and powerful glimpse into the lives of our ancestors who lived during one of the most turbulent times in our history. Through well documented and historically accurate signage the public is able to immerse themselves in America’s story during the period 1861-1865 and reflect on the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands “citizen soldiers” and the events that ended slavery and ultimately preserved the Union.
The Zadock Pratt Museum is open from May 28-Oct. 10, 2016. Fri.-Mon., 10 AM – 5 PM (last tour goes through the Museum at 4 PM). Admission: $5 adult; children under 12 admitted free; members free (must show membership card)